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Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC to AD 106 (ePub)

History, Organization and Equipment

Ancient History Military > Weaponry

By Gabriele Esposito
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 36.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9781526730343
Published: 23rd October 2019


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Although comprised of many distinct tribes and groupings, the Celts shared a distinctive culture that dominated much of Europe for centuries. They enjoyed a formidable reputation as fierce and brave warriors, skilled horsemen and fine metalworkers. In 390 BC an alliance of Celtic tribes defeated a Roman army at the River Allia and went on to sack Rome and thenceforth the Romans lived under their threat. In the early third century BC a Celtic army swept into Macedonia and Greece, won a major victory at Thermopylai and ransacked the sacred sanctuary at Delphi. Such was their warlike prowess that, when not fighting their own wars, they were sought after as mercenaries by many armies, serving as far afield as southern Egypt. When the Romans invaded Gaul (France and Belgium) and the British Isles, Celtic armies resisted them fiercely.

Gabriele Esposito studies this fascinating warrior culture, their armies, strategy, tactics and equipment (they invented chainmail, and British armies were the last in Europe to use chariots on the battlefield). Dozens of colour photographs of reenactors help bring these magnificent warriors back to life.

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Military Heritage, Summer 2021

I found this to be an interesting read, very strong on the technology of Celtic warfare and the overall arc of Celtic history.

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History of War

A great visual uniformological advancement thanks to the unpayable contributions of associations interested in historical recreations.

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Miniaturas JM

It includes battles here and there, mixed in with tactics, but it's all done in a more lively fashion that you might be expecting. The production quality is first rate, with colour photos of Living History enthusiasts showcasing outfits and weapons, throughout.

The Armourer, April 2020

Anyone with an interest in the Celts will find this book useful.

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The Armies of the Past Series has set new standards in the study of ancient armies. The Romans discovered that the barbarian Celts were much more than the savages they expected and this new book provides the reasons – Very Highly Recommended.

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This book is a fascinating history of the Celts and their armies as they resisted and defeated the might of Imperial Rome. Such armies are celebrated by re-enactors in Europe in much the same way as we re-enact the English Civil War and other notable battles on English soil. The Celts' reputation as fighters is celebrated in a way I've not read before.

Books Monthly

The book stands out for its immediacy and for its beautiful photos that will stimulate even those who do not know the Celtic culture to become passionate about it, thanks also to the very important work of those who recreate history by living it and making it live.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

I really enjoyed this book and think everyone should have a copy of this book.

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Medieval Sword School, Jason Hulott

This is another fine book in the ‘Armies of the Past’ series that delivers an engaging narrative of the Celtic Armies and conveys the key issues of population pressures, migration and war that defined the Celts. Within this fabric the Celts refined a very effective army and had to challenge all to survive. The author uses excellent colour photographs to illustrate the weapons and equipment used by the Celts.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Gabriele Esposito

Gabriele Esposito is an Italian researcher and a long-time student of military history, whose interests and expertise range widely over various periods. Most of his recent studies have been dedicated to the reconstruction of the organization, functioning and tactics of the armies across history; in each of his publications there is always some relevant space dedicated to the 'material culture'of the various armies taken into account and - more in particular - to the empirical science known as 'uniformology'. Gabriele is the author of numerous books on armies and uniforms and is a regular contributor to many specialized magazines in Italy, France, Netherlands and UK. His many previous works include Armies of Early Colonial North America 1607-1713Armies of the Late Roman Empire 284-476Armies of the Hellenistic States 323 BC to AD30Armies of Celtic Europe 700 BC-AD 106Armies of Ancient Greece, circa 500 BC to 338 BC; and The Macedonian Army of Philip II and Alexander the Great 359-323 BC, all published by Pen & Sword since 2018. He lives in southern Italy, near the ancient battlefield of Beneventum.

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