>John and Ray,
>You discussion of the roles played by the Druids, and how Caesar understood
>them, is quite interesting. Have either of you read
>"Caesar’s perception of Gallic social structures" by Sean B. Dunham (in
>"Celtic Chiefdoms, Celtic State - The Evolution of Complex Social Systems in
>Prehistoric Europe", Bettina Arnold, D. Blair Gibson, eds., Cambridge,
>If I remember the article properly, Dunham argues that Caesar's Gallic
>principes were actually the same as his druides - he simply uses a native
>Gaulish term during his ethnographic sections, but switches to the proper
>Latin term for all other purposes. I seem to remember thinking that the
>article was fairly convincing, but I'd like to hear your opinions on it.
No, I have not seen it, but I will see if a friend has it, or check with
the University library. Failing that, I'll order it as it not too
expensive. My limited income coupled with extra expenses we bear because of
my wife's terminal cancer and the fact that funding that we were expecting
from Oxford for our work on the Celtic Coin Index has not come to us (we
are even carrying the charges for hosting it ourselves) means that my
"books to order list is growing much faster than my library". I'm still
reeling from buying Jope's book, and I was not going to buy it, but Carrie
insisted (bless her heart) as I had been waiting for it to be finished for
fifteen years! The damned Jope book sells at $650 Canadian!
From what you have to say of it, it sounds very interesting -- and it looks
like it confirms much of what I have been thinking.
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