By David Rankin
To monitor the Celts throughout the eyes of the Greeks and Romans is the 1st target of this ebook.
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There is evidence of trade in goods of high value and artistry between the Massiliotes and the Celts of Gaul 42 Massilia, an Early Contact from the sixth century BC. The author of the Periplus refers to the prominence of music at assemblies of the people in Massilia. Is it possible that we have here a shadow of bardic influence from the neighbouring Celtic tribes? At Celtic assemblies, genealogical poetry and song in praise of the chief men was a general custom. Influence also moved in the other direction in the sphere of artistic and intellectual custom.
129) makes Scota the wife of Míl, and says that she was so named because it was the custom of the country to call women after the tribe of their husband; so she was called ‘Scota’ because she was married to a ‘Scot’. In another version she is the wife of the Nel who came to the tower of Nimrud from Scythia in order to separate out the Gaelic language from all the others that were to be found at this Babel. 44, we find that: Baath mac Magoc mac Iathfed, it is from him come the Gael and the men of Scythia.
The names of domestic animals are often borrowings from those who have kept them earlier than the borrowers—witness our own names for breeds of cattle such as ‘Frisian’ or ‘Pinzgauer’ which have been adopted from foreign countries. And the borrowing may not imply direct contact or mixing of peoples, merely some kind of communication. If ‘cearc’ is a borrowing from, let us say, the fifth or fourth century BC, there is still the interesting question of how it got into Irish. Who introduced it or brought it with them to the island, and when?