The Celtic Heroic Age: Literary Sources for Ancient Celtic Europe and Early Ireland and Wales

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John T. Koch
Celtic Studies Publications, 1995 - Celtic literature - 401 pages
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A new edition of an invaluable collection of literary sources, all in translation, for Celtic Europe and early Ireland and Wales. The selections are divided into three sections: the first is classical authors on the ancient celts-a huge selection including both the well-known-Herodotos, Plato, Aristotle, Livy, Diogenes Laertius, and Cicero-and the obscure-Pseudo-Scymnus, Lampridius, Vopsicus, Clement of Alexandria and Ptolemy I. The second is early Irish and Hiberno-Latin sources including early Irish dynastic poetry and numerous tales from the Ulster cycle and the third consists of Brittonic sources, mostly Welsh.

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No Celtic Studies library is complete without it! Something to refer to time and again. Every time I open it, I find something new - and remarkably useful. Many thanks to John Koch and John Carey for creating this fantastic sourcebook. Read full review

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Koch and Carey managed to get the best translations from various experts and bring it all into one place, supplementing with their own work as necessary. The result is a classic work that can be used ... Read full review


Diogenes Laertius
Ammianus Marcellinus

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John Koch is Senior Fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies, and Project Leader of The Celtic Languages and Cultural Identity Project.

John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University. A distinguished critic, reviewer, & broadcaster, he is the author of several books, including "The Intellectuals & the Masses".

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