Ancient Celtic History, Origin and Culture

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Kelly Macquire
published on 28 September 2021
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The Ancient Celtic people were never a unified empire, but were individual and complex tribes that shared the Celtic language, and through the trade of goods and ideas, shared similarities in art, warfare, religion and burial practices. The term ‘Celts’ is a general name given to the ancient tribal groups which spanned across western and central Europe during the Late Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. Even though they were related, the tribes had differing governmental systems and would often go into battle against each other (much like the city-states of Greece). These tribes which existed somewhat independently from each other, with both overlapping and unique features were largely absorbed by the Roman Empire by the 1st century CE.

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About the Author

Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has recently completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2021, September 28). Ancient Celtic History, Origin and Culture. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Macquire, Kelly. "Ancient Celtic History, Origin and Culture." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 28, 2021.

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Macquire, Kelly. "Ancient Celtic History, Origin and Culture." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 28 Sep 2021. Web. 03 Dec 2021.