The Celts and Celtic Life

Before looking at the Roman invasions, it is important to set the scene and get a picture of life in Britain in the first century BC, which was a time when the country was divided into regions, each occupied by a tribe.

The Britons, also known as Celtic Britons or Ancient Britons were the Celtic people who inhabited Great Britain from at least the British Iron Age and into the Middle Ages, at which point they diverged into the Welsh, Cornish and Bretons (among others). They were loosely tied by similar language, religion, and cultural expression. They spoke the Common Brittonic language, the ancestor of the modern Brittonic languages.

They were not centrally governed, and quite as happy to fight each other as any non-Celt. They were warriors, living for the glories of battle and plunder. They were also the people who brought iron working to the British Isles.

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Who were the Tribes of Iron-Age anf Roman Britain?

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By 275 BC the Celts had settlements stretching from Ireland to Turkey. Who were they and where did they come from?

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What were the beliefs of the Ancient Celts?

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The term druid is used by Greek and Roman authors, medieval Irish writers, and modern scholars alike to designate a priest of the ancient Celts.

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Many animals within Celtic Mythology play important roles.

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Iron Age Celtic Britain consisted almost exclusively of settled farming communities who tended their crops and livestock

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Celtic art consists of three movements attributed to peoples of different times, but that share a heritage.

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The main Celtic weapons would have been a sword, usually fastened on the right side and a spear...

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Society in many Celtic tribes was hierarchical.

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The Coligny Calendar is a series of bronze tablets detailing the Celtic(and thus Celtic year,

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Warfare was interwoven into Celtic social structures, art, religion, and lifestyle.

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