Hi Pamela, hi all,
> From: CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Pamela Highet
> > As such, it might well be that quite a number of similarities in
> > the literature are to be attributed to a strong Eastern influence
> > in European High Medieval Court culture during most of the 12th
> > and the following centuries.
> Probably more than we are aware of :), and probably going back
> much earlier, wouldn't you say?
Well, I personally do absolutely not subscribe to this isolationist view of
prehistory and early that has dominated the historical and social sciences
since their very beginnings, but do definitly think that contacts, even over
vast distances, were a quite frequent occurence since at least the middle
Neolithic, if in fact not earlier. As such, I would not wonder about Eastern
influence in European prehistoric cultures either.
To me, the only question is how strong such influence was in any given time,
as it is unlikely that the acceptance of ideas and customs from the East was
equally likely to happen at all times and places.
Oh, and of course this influence was not unidirectional of course, but
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