In the spirit of the new topics......
An interesting new interpretation of the Roman "persecution" of
the Druids was offered this past year at the annual joint AIA/APA
meetings in DC. Unfortuneately, I cannot at the moment find the
speaker's name, but during a panel on "Rome's Northern Neighbours" she
offered that the cause of the Roman persecution of the Druids was not
simply to disenhearten the Celts, but rather it was part of a much larger
over-all persecution of diviners and soothsayers throughout the Roman
empire. It was not an action taken specifically against the Celts or the
Druids, but an attack against divination and "superstition".
The Roman sources are Pliny the Elder, Julius Caesar, Cicero,
Suetonius, and most importantly Tacitus. Do what you will with the
overall accuracy and bias of the Roman sources on the Celts......
Stephanie L. Budin