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The Discovery of Middle Earth

Mapping The Lost World Of The Celts

By Graham Robb, 1958-

A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world.

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.

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2013

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9780393081633


Format: Book
Author: Robb, Graham, 1958-
Summary: Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information.
Title: The discovery of Middle Earth : mapping the lost world of the Celts / Graham Robb.
Publisher Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Subject: Celts -- History Mythology, Celtic
Isbn: 9780393081633 (hardcover) 039308163X (hardcover)
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Call Number: D70 .R64 2013
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Bib Id: 461439

Format: Book
Author: Robb, Graham, 1958-
Summary: Describes a discovery the author made in the Alps, which uncovered a treasure trove of Druid celestial mathematics that mapped out the entire geography of ancient Europe, and discusses the implications of this new information.
Title: The discovery of Middle Earth : mapping the lost world of the Celts / Graham Robb.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2013]
Subjects: Celts -- History
Subjects: Mythology, Celtic
Contents: The road from the ends of the earth -- News of the Iron Age -- The Mediolanum mystery, I -- The Mediolanum mystery, II -- Down the meridian -- The size of the world -- The Druidic syllabus, I: elementary -- The Druidic syllabus, II: advanced -- Paths of the gods -- The forest and beyond -- Cities of middle earth -- The gods victorious -- The poetic isles -- The four royal roads -- The end of middle earth -- Return of the Druids -- Epilogue: a traveller's guide to middle earth.
LCCN: 2013034148
ISBN: 9780393081633 (hardcover)
ISBN: 039308163X (hardcover)
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Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 2
Call Number: D70 .R64 2013