The Enigmatic Celts

Most of us associate the Celts with the countries of Ireland and Scotland. However, there was a time when the Celts ranged across Europe and into Turkey. The Galatians of the New Testament were Celts. The original ‘homeland’ of Celtic culture was central Europe – modern day Austria and Switzerland. From here, Celtic culture spread to the east and west, becoming the dominant culture in Europe for a thousand years. In this course we will examine the roots of Celtic civilisation and follow it to the apogee of the Celts. We will then consider what happened to these people as they confronted the growing power of Rome.


  • Face-to-Face


  • Introduction - prehistoric Europe
  • Hallstatt and La Tene
  • Celtic lands
  • Celtic society
  • Celtic religion
  • The Celts and Rome
  • The Roman conquest of Britain


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Be aware of the history of the Celts.
  2. Appreciate the complexity of Celtic culture and society.
  3. Understand what can be gleaned of Celtic religion.
  4. Comprehend the interaction between the Celts and the Roman Empire.

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