This classic study of the druids, one of the three intellectual classes of the early Celtic peoples, was first published by the University of Wales Press in 1966. The druids were the most enlightened and civilizing spiritual influence in Celtic Europe and were held in high regard as priests, philosophers, teachers and judges. Nora Chadwick's book examines and assesses the early written evidence of the Greeks and Romans and considers the druids within their historical context.
The institution of druidism captured the imagination of the ancient classical world. Its appeal has continued to this day. Significant developments in the field during the last thirty years are discussed by Anne Ross in this revised edition, which also includes a map of the major known druidic sites and centres in Europe.
The Druids is a scholarly work of interest and importance to all those who feel the perennial attraction of its subject.
'No people in Celtic antiquity has attracted as much attention as the druids, and it is fitting that such a doyen of Celtic studies as Mrs. Chadwick should give us her view on this controversial order.' -The Welsh History Review 'It is very good to see this splendid source book re-issued in such an attractive format... Chadwick's concise survey is the essential starting point for any serious student of ancient druidism ... one of the most fundamental modern discussions of the druids to be written in English.' Archaeologia Cambrensis '...presents a fine classic study in paperback, covering the institution of druidism and creating a scholarly work which should interest any student of the druids. Enjoy an excellent history which packs depth and detail into its account.'
|Foreword to the Second Edition|
|Map 1: The Territories of the Druids|
|Map 2: The Nemeton Sites in the Taw Valley, Devonshire|
|Note on Maps|
|Principal Classical References|
|The Problem. Some recent studies||p. 1|
|The Ritual Functions of the Druids in the Early Classical Sources. The Tradition of Posidonius||p. 11|
|The Wider Functions of the Druids in the Early Classical Sources. The Tradition of Caesar and Pliny||p. 31|
|The Intellectual Activities of the Druids. The Alexandrian Tradition||p. 51|
|The Decline of the Druids||p. 69|
|The Nature and History of the Druids||p. 84|
|Note. Divitiacus and Dumnorix||p. 103|
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Series: University of Wales Press - Writers of Wales
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 31st December 1966
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 16.66 x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised