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sèl´-) also Keltic (kèl´-) noun
A subfamily of the Indo-European language family comprising the Brittonic and the Goidelic branches.
Of or relating to the Celtic people and languages.
Celts, a people who dominated much of western and central Europe in the 1st millennium BC, giving their language, customs, and religion to the other peoples of that area. The earliest archaeological evidence associated with the Celts places them in western Europe in 1200 BC. Between the 5th and 1st centuries BC, their influence extended from what is now Spain to the shores of the Black Sea.
In the 4th century BC the Celts invaded the Greco-Roman world. They plundered Rome in 390 BC, sacked Delphi in 279 BC, and penetrated Asia Minor. Rome conquered the Celts of northern Italy, France, and the Rhineland in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. Britain came under Roman rule in the 1st century AD. During the same time period, Germanic tribes dominated the Celts of central Europe. The Celtic tradition and languages survived in parts of France, Britain, and Ireland.
During their height, the various Celtic tribes lived an agricultural and herding life, bound together by speech, customs, and religion. Without a well-defined central government, each tribe was headed by a king and divided by class into priests, warrior nobles, and commoners. Celtic mythology exhibited a rich array of elfin demons and tutelaries, beings that still pervade the lore of peoples of Celtic ancestry.
Christianity, well established in Celtic Britain by the 4th century AD, lost ground to the pagan Germanic invasions of the 5th century, although a new center of Celtic Christianity emerged in Ireland, founded by British missionaries. The organizations of this church centered on monasteries, where Irish monks did much to preserve ancient knowledge. They later played a major role in sending missionaries among the Germanic peoples that had conquered the Western Roman Empire.
Celtic art is considered the first great contribution to European art made by non-Mediterranean peoples. The Celtic style is marked by a preference for stylized motifs combined in intricate, dynamic, and balanced geometrical patterns. Following the period of Roman domination, the art of Celtic peoples on the Continent gradually lost its distinctive style.
The ancient Norse men adorned the prows of their ships with the heads of Dragons. The celtic tribes and ancient conquerors of Britain considered the dragon a symbol of sovereignty. The dragon was also depicted onthe battle standards and shields of invading Teutonic tribes.
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