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Celt Books and Reading List


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Celtic Reenacting


(and a little other ancient Europe until there's enough for its own page)

1uidarmed_celtsDuring the Iron Age, Celts lived across a wide range of lands, from the Iberian Peninsula (Spain) to Anatolia (Turkey), but the ultimate origin of the Celts is a subject of controversy.

Polybius published a history of Rome about 150 BC in which he describes the Gauls of Italy and their conflict with Rome.

Pausanias in the second century BC, says that the Gauls:

"originally called Celts, live on the remotest region of Europe on the coast of an enormous tidal sea".

Posidonius described the southern Gauls about 100 BC. Though his original work is lost it was used by later writers such as Strabo. The latter, writing in the early first century AD, deals with Britain and Gaul as well as Hispania, Italy and Galatia. Caesar wrote extensively about his Gallic Wars in 58-51 BC.

Diodorus Siculus wrote about the Celts of Gaul and Britain in his first century History.

"Their aspect is terrifying...They are very tall in stature, with rippling muscles under clear white skin. Their hair is blond, but not naturally so: they bleach it, to this day, artificially, washing it in lime and combing it back from their foreheads. They look like wood-demons, their hair thick and shaggy like a horse's mane. Some of them are cleanshaven, but others - especially those of high rank, shave their cheeks but leave a moustache that covers the whole mouth and, when they eat and drink, acts like a sieve, trapping particles of food...The way they dress is astonishing: they wear brightly coloured and embroidered shirts, with trousers called bracae and cloaks fastened at the shoulder with a brooch, heavy in winter, light in summer. These cloaks are striped or checkered in design, with the separate checks close together and in various colours.
[The Celts] wear bronze helmets with figures picked out on them, even horns, which made them look even taller than they already are...while others cover themselves with breast-armour made out of chains. But most content themselves with the weapons nature gave them: they go naked into battle...Weird, discordant horns were sounded, [they shouted in chorus with their] deep and harsh voices, they beat their swords rhythmically against their shields." -- Diodorus

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Celt Groups

Here are some of the Celtic groups out there. Many don't have webpages yet (if you're in one of them, contact Marsh to find out how easy, and cheap, it is to get started). As time goes on, we hope to add more of these groups form around the world.


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Welcome to the Ancient Periods of Reenacting

What do we mean by Ancient Periods of Reenacting? Well... Romans, Greeks, Celts, Egyptians (okay, the Egyptians will be coming soon, we hope) -- you name it... if you feel the call of early and great civilizations, then this is the Time/Area for you. Reenacting does not consist of ONLY American Civil War -- historical reenacting is a varied and colourful hobby and you can find just about anything that interests you to reenact!

Yes, by all means look around and think of the ancient world: of Homer, of Caesar and Cleopatra... here is your chance to feel what it was like to live then.

To taste their food, to wear their clothes, in some cases to fight like they did -- did you know there's a full scale Roman fort in Arkansas?

And yes, a corresponding village of Celtic barbarians recruiting now to fight them using the needlefelt combat system.

Do you really want to just sit in the chair and watch the History Channel bloviate on "The history of ketchup" tonite? Really? Ice Road TruckersWWF?? Come on, time to jump up and get out there! When in Rome...

Roman reenacting is now becoming very popular, as is portraying the Celts, however, reenacting the ancient Greeks is still in its infancy -- if you're into Greece and that time period, here's a chance to get in on the ground floor.Does anyone reenact Egyptian? Don't know, if you dolet us know! You know, there's even some people reenacting the Bronze Age?! There's something for everybody in this hobby!


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