The Celts were the first European people north of the Alps to rise from anonymity. Who were they, where did they come from and what made their culture so distinctive?
The La Tene era was tribal, and women were often the leaders who traded within and beyond Europe. But the Celts clashed with the Romans and this highly developed culture fell apart.
This program looks at the pagan religion, Druidism, which underpinned early Celtic society and is still practiced today.
After Rome collapsed, new cultures threatened the Celts. The British king invited the Anglo-Saxons to fight the Picts but they betrayed him and took over the island.
The Celts were invaded by the Vikings and the Normans. After the 16th century Reformation, Celtic communities were marginalized in the push for political and religious unity.
This program examines the emergence, history, meaning and threats to the Celtic identity. Today the struggle to define an identity continues.
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