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Subject: Romans - Bias against Celts lasts today.
From: John Cahill <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:CELTIC-L - The Celtic Culture List.
Date:Tue, 15 Feb 1994 23:41:34 -0800
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Fellow Celts,
My readings on Celtic history so far have suggested a theory worthy of DEBATE:
that the Celts are so few in number now because of a systematic genocide over
the past 2000 years started off by the Romans.
At the height of the Celtic civilization about 290 BC the Celts (Brennus)
sacked Rome and extracted tributes.  There are many examples recorded where the
Celts terrorized the Romans and must have implanted a deep fear at the heart of
every Roman.
The Romans had just about overcome the Etruscans about this time but were not
strong enough to take on the Celts until a few hundred years later.
Julius Caesar set about the systematic occupation and dominance of western
Europe ONLY because the Celts were the most serious threat to Rome and  things
Roman.  The written history left by Julius Caesar and other Romans (Tacitus)
 give very one sided acounts of the Celts and have even given unsavoury
meanings to the names of noble tribes such as "Barbarians".  These writings
seem more like propoganda used to de-humanize and demonize the enemy than to
record accurately the essence of celtic civilization and culture.   Julius
Caesar seemed to have a particular target to eliminate the Druids who were the
possesors of knowledge as the core of celtic culture.
 
The image of the the druids nowadays is probably still colored by the same bias
originated by Julius Caesar in his reports to Rome during his campaigns in Gaul
and Britain.
 
This biased account against the Celts continued to be reinforced wherever Roman
influence was established, including Britain, and even if subliminal, continued
through the policies of the Normans, and the church in Rome.  Was their
attitude really a reflection of deeply implanted values from the Roman Empire
days.?
 
Was the granting of Ireland to the King of England in the 11th Century by  Pope
Gregory another Roman attempt to bring the unruly Irish Celts in line???
 
The Romans were successful at many times in history by inciting Celts to fight
OTHER Celts and mop up what's left.  It seems the Celts didn't need much
encouragement to have a good "scrap" with other Celts.   Is Northern Ireland
just another example of this in modern times where descendants of Scottish
Celts are fighting the descendants of Irish Celts over lands and property
redistributed by the Roman successors in London, England in the late 17th
century??   I hate to think that Celts are fighting Celts to do Caesar's dirty
work!!!
 
What do You Think?
 
John Cahill
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