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p. 375. Peoples on the movelocked

  • Barry Cunliffe


‘Peoples on the move’ points out that the movement of Celts from north of the Alps into the Mediterranean lands after about 400 BC is amply documented by Greek and Roman historians writing several centuries later. The sources are sufficiently detailed to provide an outline of the various migrations and raids and to offer insights into the nature of the communities involved and the warriors' fighting methods. It must be remembered, however, that our two principal sources, Polybius and Livy, were writing to pro-Roman agendas, readily adopting and embellishing the established Celtic stereotype. Nevertheless, they had access to sources no longer available and their basic history can be broadly accepted.

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