Alice Roberts goes in search of the Celts and their treasures in a narrative history to accompanying a new BBC series.
We know a lot about the Roman Empire. The Romans left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits of their heroes. But there was another ancient people in Europe - feared warriors with chariots, iron swords, exquisite jewellery, swirling tattoos and strange rituals and beliefs. For hundreds of years Europe was theirs, not Rome's. They were our ancestors, and yet the scale of their achievements has largely been forgotten. They were the Celts.
Unlike the Romans they did not write their history, so the stories of many heroic Celtic men and women have been lost. And yet we can discover their deeds. . . you just have to know where to look.
From Denmark to Italy; Portugal to Turkey Alice Roberts takes us on a journey across Europe, revealing the remarkable story of the Celts: their real origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring modern legacy
Using ground-breaking linguistic research, in addition to the latest archaeology and genetics, Alice Roberts will explore how this remarkable and advanced culture grew from the fringes of the continent and humiliated the might of Rome.
The Celts accompanies a substantial BBC series presented by Alice Roberts and Neil Oliver, and showing in October 2015.
TV tie-in to a major new BBC series, using the latest technology to uncover Celtic treasures and shape a new story of this civilization and its global legacy today.Alice Roberts is an anatomist, archaeologist, anthropologist, historian, television presenter, author and professor at the University of Birmingham. She has presented Coast
, Digging for Britain
and The Incredible Human Journey
on BBC2, Inside Science
on Radio 4 and has appeared as an expert on Time Team
on Channel 4. She writes a regular column for The Observer and is passionate about human health, evolution and history. She lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.
In 387 BC, Celtic warriors defeated a Roman army and sacked Rome. It was the bold act of a confident superpower, one that had dominated Europe for 300 years and whose influence stretched from Britain to Turkey, from Poland to Portugal.
We know a lot about the Romans. They left monuments to their glories and written histories charting the exploits of their heroes. What do we know about the warriors that humiliated them 1,400 years ago? The Celts did not keep written records and so much of their story and many of their achievements were forgotten.
And yet, their world in not entirely lost to us. Using the latest archaeological and scientific research, Alice Roberts takes us on ajourney across Europe, revealing a remarkable new story of the Celts: their origins, how they lived and thrived, and their enduring modern legacy.
This is the story of a multicultural empire, built not just on military might and migration, but also through a cultural conquest of trade and influence. It was a pioneering civilization, capable of teaching Rome about weapons and infrastructure; of producing exquisite jewellery and intricate royal tombs; and of acting with callous brutality.
This is a story of discovery that Alice Roberts brings to life with passion and knowledge.
This is the story of a European culture that changed Britain forever.
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