||Miranda Green, Head of Research in Humanities and Reader in Archaeology at University of Wales College, presents a hugely comprehensive and entertaining volume of Celtic lore. From animals to the underworlds, from Albiorix to the Wheel-God, this dictionary illuminates ancient (500 BC to 400 AD) British and European beliefs and explains each concept concisely. With more than 400 entries, Green leaves no Celtic stone unturned, and plenty of illustrations add to the sense of history brought to life. The introduction places these legends and myths in their historical context, which adds to the impact of the book.
||The ancient Celts were the greatest and most powerful of the early European peoples residing north of the Alps. Warlike, exuberant, and superstitious, they saw divinities in every facet of life and nature, venerating deities of the sun, thunder, water, war, healing, hunting, fertility, and death. They practiced human and animal sacrifice, and a powerful priesthood--the Druids--presided over much of their religious life. The Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend covers every aspect of Celtic myth, religion, and folklore in Britain and Europe between 500 BC and AD 400. In parallel with the fruits of archaeological research, the testimony of Classical writers and the earliest recorded versions of the pagan oral traditions of Wales and Ireland provide us with a complete overview of Celtic lore. This guide presents that knowledge in over 400 copiously illustrated articles, together with a comprehensive historical introduction.