The Celts

Alice Roberts is going looking for the Celts and their treasures in a story background to accompanying a brand new BBC sequence.

We comprehend much concerning the Roman Empire. The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits in their heroes. yet there has been one other historical humans in Europe - feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, beautiful jewelry, swirling tattoos and weird rituals and ideology. for centuries Europe was once theirs, now not Rome's. They have been our ancestors, and but the dimensions in their achievements has principally been forgotten. They have been the Celts.

Unlike the Romans they didn't write their historical past, so the tales of many heroic Celtic women and men were misplaced. And but we will observe their deeds. . . you simply need to comprehend the place to appear.

From Denmark to Italy; Portugal to Turkey Alice Roberts takes us on a trip throughout Europe, revealing the striking tale of the Celts: their actual origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring sleek legacy
Using ground-breaking linguistic study, as well as the most recent archaeology and genetics, Alice Roberts will discover how this amazing and complex tradition grew from the fringes of the continent and humiliated the may of Rome.

The Celts accompanies a considerable BBC sequence provided via Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver, and displaying in October 2015.

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