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By Terry Jones

A thoroughly clean method of Roman historical past, this publication not just supply readers the opportunity to work out the Romans from a non-Roman viewpoint, it additionally finds that almost all of these written off through the Romans as uncivilized, savage, and barbaric have been in truth prepared, influenced, and clever teams of individuals without intentions of overthrowing Rome and plundering its Empire. This attention-grabbing research does away with the propaganda and opens our eyes to who quite confirmed the civilized global. Delving deep into historical past, Terry Jones and Alan Ereira discover the outstanding cultural and technological achievements of the Celts, Goths, Persians, and Vandals. during this new paperback variation, Terry and Alan go back and forth via seven hundred years of historical past on 3 continents, bringing wit, irreverence, ardour, and the very most recent scholarship to rework our view of the legacy of the Roman Empire and the production of the fashionable world.

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After all, the Romans claimed there have been sound humanitarian grounds for doing so, because the Druids – horror of horrors! – nonetheless practised human sacrifice. even if this can be actual is a much-contested factor. yet we do have the sooner facts of Poseidonius (c. 135–50 BC), who truly travelled in Celtic Gaul and Iberia and used to be a competent eye witness to the Celtic lifestyle at the moment. we do not recognize even if he really witnessed human sacrifice, yet there is not any reason behind him to have made it up – in any case, he favourite the Celts and desired to current them as noble savages. His account is convincingly distinct: [The Druids] have a particularly abnormal and incredible approach to divination for an important concerns. Having anointed a human sufferer, they stab him with a small knife within the sector above the diaphragm. while the guy has collapsed from the wound, they interpret the longer term by way of looking at the character of his fall, the convulsion of his limbs, and particularly from the development of his spurting blood. 27 those should not Poseidonius' personal phrases simply because no reproduction of his Histories has survived, yet they're suggested via Diodorus Siculus, who used to be writing later within the comparable century. Diodorus has his personal much less enthusiastic tackle the Celts: 'It is in response to their wildness and savage nature that they create out relatively offensive spiritual practices. they are going to preserve a few felony less than protect for 5 years, then impale him on a pole in honour in their gods – through burning him on a massive pyre besides many different first-fruits. in addition they use prisoners of warfare as sacrifices to the gods. '28 brain you, the Romans have been nice ones to whinge approximately human sacrifice. Livy and Plutarch list 3 events, within the years 228, 216 and 113 BC, whilst pairs of Gauls and Greeks, a guy and a lady each one, have been buried alive within the discussion board Boarium. and naturally Vestal Virgins who broke their vow of chastity suffered a similar destiny. not just that – whilst it got here to taking human existence on an commercial scale, who may perhaps carry a candle to the Romans? that they had no scruples approximately crucifying insurgent slaves of their millions, or throwing criminals into the sector to be torn to items via wild animals for the gratification of the group. however the excessive ethical flooring was once an excellent point of view from which to assault the center of Celtic identification. and that's how, in advert 60, the most important a part of the occupying Roman forces got here to be amassed at the Menai Strait, dealing with throughout to Anglesey. at the shore stood the opposing military with its dense array of armed warriors, whereas among the ranks dashed ladies, in black clothes just like the Furies, with hair baggy, waving manufacturers. throughout, the Druids, lifting up their palms to heaven, and pouring forth dreadful imprecations, scared our infantrymen through the surprising sight, in order that, as though their limbs have been paralysed, they stood immobile, and uncovered to wounds. Then instructed by way of their general's appeals and mutual encouragements to not quail ahead of a troop of frenzied girls, they bore the criteria onwards, smote down all resistance, and wrapped the foe within the flames of his personal manufacturers.

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