a reply to: beansidhe
Excellent Thread, There are more and more astounding find's being made concerning the Gaul or celtic tribes and just how advanced they were which is
contrary to the Roman propeganda after there conquest.
We now know that many Gaul or celt city's and settlements were connected with wooden roadways over boggy ground and of course though the Roman
culture is essentially a mongral based on the etruscan culture and mingled with almost everything else they came into contact with that they did
indeed borrow very heavily from the celt's.
In some way's the celtic culture was superior and woman were not limited by there gender as they were in the Roman society and indeed were greatly
respected as much as any man in celtic culture despite there ruling elite being a warrior cast.
The celtic culture also ruled an area from Ireland in the west to as far to the east as northern turkey where celtic sites have been discovered in
the anatolia region, once a celtic army moved north of ancient greece and the greek's mobilized there army in terror of the renowned celt's many of
whom stood over six feet which was large for the time and remember a celtic tribe took Rome but accepted an anual tribute and a ransom for the city
form it's residents whom his in it's largest temple, this humiliation is the reason the Romans whom averaged about 5'4" compared to the 6' gauls
established there legions, there training included marching in full gear twenty Roman miles per day, establishing a fortified camp then demolishing it
the following day and it was the Roman discipline and training to work as a single machine that made them one of the most fearsome fighting forced in
history, there woman has a saying "Come back with your sheild (Victorious) Or on it" and Romans whom lost in battle were shamed so often took there
The celt's by comparison were an individualist society and each warrior would try to out do his comrades with more enemy kill's and greater feat's
of courage, of course throwing yourselves individually against a shield wall is not good tactics.
When rome finally fell it was to a tribe whom had served as Roman auxilliarys and whom knew the Roman tactic's, also the Roman legions had been
reduced by years of soft living compared to the Imperial legions of the outer provinces but the empire had already fragmented when the city was
It is interesting to not that when Quintus Varus lost the three legions in the Tutaborg forrest he did so to an enemy called armenius whom was a
german that had served in the legion and was a roman citizen but thought he could unify the germanic tribes and establish his own personal empire so
in essence Rome caused it's own weakening and it's own downfall.
Because Ireland was never conquered until the time of the normans it retained it's Celtic identity even with the advent of christianity but each
celtic region had unique traits and it would be poor example to project them as the same as the european celt's whom the romans fought.
There is no doubt that both the Romans and the celt's used pre existant trade route's but where the romans supplanted or suppressed the original
regional culture the celt's simply conquered it and became the ruling class but that class was open to the locals so long as they could proved there
vigor in battle as the celt's had a ruling warrior elite.
Celts also regarded a woman whom had shown she could bear children and more desirable than a virgin whose fertility was unknown.
But of the people whom lived her before the beaker people we know nothing but at ten thousand years old that is one of the oldest sites in the
country so let's hope they slap a preservation order on it and fast.