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British Tribal Dynasties

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Once having transversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials. –Joseph Campbell   Julius Caesar’s Impact British Tribal Dynasties The most important impact of Caesar on the British scene was to divide the southeastern British tribal dynasties into pro- and […]

Caesar’s Invasions of Britain: Celtic Perspective

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“Of the inhabitants, those of Cantium (Kent), an entirely maritime district, are far the most advanced, and the type of civilization here prevalent differs little from that of Gaul. With most of the more inland tribes, the cultivation of corn disappears and a pastoral form of life succeeds, flesh and milk forming the principal diet, […]

Roman Empire Influence on Britain

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Roman Empire Influence on Britain Britain’s New Reality with Rome In less than five years since Julius Caesar first entered Gaul in 58 BC, western Europe was transformed. Gaul (modern day France) was under Roman control after he finished his conquest in the winter of 51-50 BC. Civil war in Rome slowed the progress of […]

Ancient Britain History: Connection to Gaul

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The ultimate adventure, when all the barriers and ogres have been overcome, is commonly represented as a mystical marriage of the triumphant hero-soul with the Queen Goddess of the World. This is the crisis at the zenith…For she is the incarnation of the promise of perfection; the soul’s assurance that, at the conclusion of its […]

Ancient Britain History: Trading and Regionalism

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Once having traversed the threshold, the hero moves in a dream landscape of curiously fluid, ambiguous forms, where he must survive a succession of trials…The hero is covertly aided by the advice, amulets, and secret agents of the supernatural helper whom he met before his entrance into the region.—Joseph Campbell  Introduction To understand the historical […]

Caesar Second Invasion Britain

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‘Cities and Thrones and Powers, Stand in Time’s eye, Almost as long as flowers, Which daily die. But, as new buds put forth To glad new men, Out of the spent and considered Earth The Cities rise again’ –Rudyard Kipling Introduction This is Part 3 in the series of posts that support Julius Caesar’s invasions […]

Caesar Second Invasion Britain

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   THE STANDARD PATH of the mythological adventure of the hero is represented in the rites of passage: separation, initiation, and return—Joseph Campbell   Introduction The unpublished epic historical fantasy [First Novel: APOLLO’S RAVEN] is envisioned to be a series set in Celtic Britain, Gaul (modern day France) and Ancient Rome prior to the invasion […]

Caesar’s Invasion Celtic Britain: 1st Invasion

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Celtic Tradition of Raven:  I have fled in the shape of a raven of prophetic speech (Taliesin). The raven offers initiation—the destruction of one thing to give birth to another. For deeper understanding, the heroine must journey through darkness to emerge into morning’s new light.   INTRODUCTION The epic historical fantasy, APOLLO’S RAVEN, is the first unpublished […]

Ancient Celtic Religion: Ancestral Gods and Mother Goddess

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Myths of the Great Goddess teach compassion for all living beings. There you come to appreciate the real sanctity of the earth itself, because it is the body of the Goddess—Joseph Campbell   Introduction As we continue exploring the mystique of the Ancient Celtic religion, we discover their beliefs have similarities to the Greeks and […]

Celtic Heroines: Backdrop for Boudica’s Revolt

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Tweet “You have learned by actual experience how different freedom is from slavery…how much better is poverty with no master than wealth with slavery.”–Boudica’s Speech to Followers, as recorded by Cassius Dio Introduction Although the highest political authority for the Celtic Society was often vested in males, women occasionally became ruling queens and military leaders. […]