The Discovery of Middle Earth

The Discovery of Middle Earth

Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

Book - 2013
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Fifty generations ago the cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. In six hundred years, the Celts had produced some of the finest artistic and scientific masterpieces of the ancient world. In 58 BC, Julius Caesar marched over the Alps, bringing slavery and genocide to western Europe. Within eight years the Celts of what is now France were utterly annihilated, and in another hundred years the Romans had overrun Britain. It is astonishing how little remains of this great civilization.

While planning a bicycling trip along the Heraklean Way, the ancient route from Portugal to the Alps, Graham Robb discovered a door to that forgotten world--a beautiful and precise pattern of towns and holy places based on astronomical and geometrical measurements: this was the three-dimensional "Middle Earth" of the Celts. As coordinates and coincidences revealed themselves across the continent, a map of the Celtic world emerged as a miraculously preserved archival document.

Robb--"one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet" (New York Times)--here reveals the ancient secrets of the Celts, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science, and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. A pioneering history grounded in a real-life historical treasure hunt, The Discovery of Middle Earth offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.

Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393081633
Characteristics: xvii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 11, 2018

In his book, The Discovery of France”, author Robb takes us back to history and geography of France, all the way back to pre-revolutionary France. And if that book gave your knowledge of French geography and place names a good workout you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. A couple of hundred years into France’s past is a mere walk in the park compared to what Robb’s Middle Earthe has in store for you.
This time he takes you way back to pre-Roman times to a time and places most of us had hardly ever known about.
While hardly spell-binding for many, those with an interest in the world of the celts, the druids and what they accomplished on their earth will find this book of immense interest.
Those who wish to read further on this subject will find that Robb has provided the reader with an extensive “works cited” reading list as well as an equally generous selection of relevant notes.


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