This course has two stories to tell: one that takes place in the heart of Europe and one that takes place on the periphery of Europe. We will explore the connection between these two phenomena: the fierce warriors of the continent who gave the Romans a challenge and the residents of Ireland and the other Celtic realms who kept ancient traditions alive in the face of relentless pressure from centralizing monarchies, especially England and France.
Here are some of the topics we will explore: Who are the Celts? The Celts and the Classical World. Celtic Art and Artefacts. Celtic Language in the Ancient World. Caesar and the Gauls. Celtic Religion and the Druids. Celtic Britain and Roman Britain. Celts and Picts in Scotland. Prehistoric Ireland and the Celts. Celtic Britain after Rome. Etc. Etc.
This is a course exploring the 1000 years between the end of the Roman occupation of Britain and the War of the Roses. We will use DVD lectures and also explore topics on the internet and use books. We will also look into the daily life and culture of this timespan which includes the Celts, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, and Normans.