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Caesar's druids: story of an ancient priesthood

Aldhouse-Green, Miranda Jane 2010. Caesar's druids: story of an ancient priesthood. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

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Abstract

Ancient chroniclers, including Julius Caesar himself, made the Druids and their sacred rituals infamous throughout the Western world. But in fact, as Miranda Aldhouse-Green shows in this fascinating book, the Druids’ day-to-day lives were far less lurid and much more significant. Exploring the various roles that Druids played in British and Gallic society during the first centuries B.C. and A.D.—not just as priests but as judges, healers, scientists, and power brokers—Aldhouse-Green argues that they were a highly complex, intellectual, and sophisticated group whose influence transcended religion and reached into the realms of secular power and politics. With deep analysis, fresh interpretations, and critical discussions, she gives the Druids a voice that resonates in our own time.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D051 Ancient History
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Druids, Religion, Sacrifice, Priests, ritual, Archaeology
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300124422
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:07
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/32953

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