it seems to me that
> >mentions one in his Guide to Early Irish Law, which
> >suggests "a man may become better than his birth"-
> >implying that even though society was hierarchally
> >structured, one was able to move up socially.
> I don't disagree, but I think it got easier as time
> progressed. At the time
> of Caesar we hear about people eagerly joining the
> Druidic schools, and
> this would have given them the required status.
F/|\ It would also have given them exemption from
taxes and service in war, upon attainment of a druidic
degree- which may have been a large attraction.
> There seems to have already
> been some "softening" of the class distinction by
> that time, and the elite
> class were well on the way to losing absolute power
> to Roman influence --
> and I don't mean because of invasion, but because of
> ever increasing
> opportunities for even those of humble origins to
> benefit through trade. In
> Britain, this influence is clearly evidential prior
> to the Claudian
> invasion, and Tacitus writes about the Britons
> willingness to Romanize
F/|\ Seems it comes down to the almighty drachma (?)
or whatever the coin system was at the time...
> In the outlying areas of Britain the Roman influence
> was, of course, much
> less. In Ireland, it would be almost non existent.
F/|\ A Roman invasion of Ireland was planned, but
never acted upon, and Roman (trad?) artifacts have
been found in and around Dublin. To what extent then,
can we say that the Irish were influenced by Rome- or
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