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Friday, June 3rd, 2005, 02:15 PM
Here is information about Celtic styles and associations between Celtic and Venetic motifs."Also, in this context it is evident that the Classical world did not directly influence the world of the Celts but rather that intermediate groups existing on the periphery of the Classical world and having closer links with the ‘barbarians’ had a more immediate influence. The nature of the historical events that might clarify such developments for us can only be recognised in broad outline. It may be that the gradual occupation of the southern Po Valley by the Etruscans in the course of the sixth century BC provides a context, despite major chronological discrepancies. It is clear, at any rate, that contacts of the Celtic elite across the Alps to the south - and not the links along the valley of the Rhône to the Greek capital of Massalia (modern Marseilles) - played the most significant role in the development of animal ornament in the Early La Tène period." Regarding the religion of the Celts, it is claimed that until the Roman period no members of the Celtic pantheon are recognisable.

"A new approach to early Celtic art"

"All modern studies of early Celtic art begin with the work of Paul Jacobsthal. In the sixty years since his magisterial study, however, there have been many new discoveries and there has been much discussion concerning the deeper meaning of Celtic art. Particularly significant in this regard are the two recently discovered Early La Tène burial mounds on the Glauberg in Hesse in Germany. Not only did these burials yield bronzes of major significance, but a unique, almost life-sized human carving displaying weapons and personal ornaments was also found. The finds from the Glauberg shed much new light on the nature of early Celtic art. The influence of the Estrucans of north Italy is especially evident."

Dr. Solar Wolff
Saturday, June 4th, 2005, 07:37 AM
Whatever they know about their past in Ireland, Cornwall, Wales, Brittany, etc., the Germanic world knows almost nothing about the Celts. It is little better than sterotype. This is all the stranger because the La Tene Celts may be the cultural ancestors of the Germans. Celtic gods, mythology, art, history, it is all a cloudy area for most of us. Someone, please, organize all of this into one coherent whole and make it something Anglo-Saxons can understand instead of the myrid of confusing and disjointed details we are always given. We know more about the Greeks and Romans than, in many cases, our own Celtic ancestors.

Saturday, June 4th, 2005, 10:40 AM
We know more about the Greeks and Romans than, in many cases, our own Celtic ancestors.

The classical cultures had literature about their religion and heritage, which means we know more about them than about the contemporary Celtic nations of Europe.