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The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts Hardcover – November 4, 2013
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By looking at the placement of Celtic towns and sacred sites, and carefully mapping them by latitude, longitude and other measurements, Robb saw a pattern begin to emerge indicating that the Celts had a more sophisticated understanding of the world and a greater grasp of science than previously believed. Starting with the road, known as the Heraklean Way, which ran across the Iberian Peninsula as early as the sixth century BCE, Robb connects various ancient and contemporary towns to each other, illustrating what he thinks is not just a systematic ordering of the world by the Celts but a reflection of the worlds they felt existed above and below as well (hence this world as Middle Earth, a concept famously borrowed by Tolkien).
The science of the Celts, argues Robb, has been so overlooked because it is not the monumental feats of engineering we find with the Romans, Egyptians and other early civilizations. And there are no Celtic texts explaining their views on nature, earth or the cosmos.Read more ›
The writing is dense at times, but hey--the book is about history, math and surveying. Stick with it. I did and I don't regret it.
Warning: If you buy the Kindle edition, the maps and illustrations will be difficult to view. It's not a huge deal, but I like maps. I kind of wish I'd bought the paper version. In fairness to the Kindle, I'm middle aged and use reading glasses. Still, I had to stack up two pairs at once to see the maps.
The other discovery this book opened for me was the rich lives of the Celts and Druids and how many of us who have Middle European and North Italian blood have to be descended from them with traces of the Orient in our blood. We are truly one people!
At one point in life, I had given the Celts to the Irish alone,but this book pointed out that the Celts were from the Black Sea always heading toward the setting sun, pushed to Britain and over to Scotland and Ireland by the invading Romans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't get it. Hoping for more about Druid activity at Stonehenge and NewGrange, but mostly about Gaul.Published 2 months ago by Dusty Knees
The book peers into the history and world of the Celts that brings this most underrated and misunderstood people into focus. A fascinating and illuminating read.Published 3 months ago by Charles Stacey
Excellent material with a great thesis. The writing is brilliant in parts and a little choppy in others. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Padget, AIA, LEED AP
Yes, you may have to be very interested in Celtic history and especially Druid knowledge to happily read this book (and than you to Graham Robb's sister... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Red Bird
I can't make one bit of sense out of this book. I can't find a coherent statement of his thesis. He bogs the reader down in whispy descriptions that seem out of focus. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anton Reger
Interesting book with a lot of historical anecdotes and tales about life in medieval and Renaissance France, but the basic hypothesis strikes me as insanityPublished 8 months ago by George
Interesting and very well written, but it doesn't really count as non-fiction. Actual facts are thin on the ground, speculation masquerades as evidence, methodologies are... Read morePublished 10 months ago by B. Nachison
Interesting how far advanced they were on math and celestial surveying.Published 11 months ago by Robert Park