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Myths and Legends of the Celts Paperback – Apr 25 2007

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James MacKillop is an eminent scholar of Celtic history and culture, having been Visiting Fellow in Celtic languages at Harvard University, professor of English at the State University of New York, Visiting Professor at the Université de Rennes, and president of the American Conference for Irish Studies. His many publications include the Dictionary of Celtic Mythology, Fionn mac Cumhaill, and Irish Literature: A Reader. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

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Excellent for studying earliest Celtic society Oct. 8 2013
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An outstanding, thorough exploration of the stories that defined early Celtic civilization. I used the text as background for a study of early Irish history (pre-medieval) and it proved exceptional. It discusses the Hill of Tara, the Book of Invasions, the Tain, and many other crucial narratives that give an insightful view about how the Celts conceived of their society and their world. It is especially helpful for conveying the tribal culture and the power of orality through figures like the brehons. Not just for the pre-modern Irish reader. Readers of Yeats, Lady Gregory, Synge, Joyce, and other modern Irish writers can appreciate the Celtic Literary Twilight and understand these texts better with knowledge of the venerable past that MacKillop addresses.