By Miranda Green
This publication has turn up during the first John Legonna Celtic examine Prize, which used to be provided to me by means of the nationwide Library of Wales, Aberystwyth in March 1986. John Legonna (1918–78) used to be a celtophile whose father was once Cornish and his mom Welsh. He had a lifelong dedication to the merchandising of the id of Wales and of all of the Celtic nations. In 1971 John Legonna made a present of his farm and lands at Pen Rhos Fach and ‘Chastell Cadwaladr’ at Llanrhystud close to Aberystwyth to the nationwide Library of Wales, to be able to identify the loo Legonna Celtic examine Prize. This he meant to foster Celtic stories and to permit students offered it to pursue extra examine inside of their selected box. The prize has enabled me to spend a number of weeks learning Celtic spiritual iconography in eu museums and, therefore, to put in writing image and snapshot in Celtic spiritual artwork. it really is therefore that i've got devoted this booklet to the reminiscence of John Legonna.
By the later first millennium BC the Celts had occupied a lot of Europe and had penetrated into Asia Minor, the place they settled in Galatia (Map 1). by way of the early first millennium advert a lot of this Celtic territory had fallen less than Roman domination. This e-book is essentially serious about the pagan spiritual iconography of the most Celtic heartland of Gaul among circa 500 BC and advert four hundred. specified reference is made to Britain yet, because the British fabric is comparatively good documented and has been the topic of a couple of contemporary surveys, so much of my facts for the current paintings has been accrued from learn in France, the Netherlands, and the Rhineland. nearly all of the iconography tested the following dates to the interval of Roman impact on Celtic lands. My predicament this is no longer with Celtic faith as a complete yet with the contribution made through the divine photographs provided within the iconography to the translation of Celtic belief-systems. this is often of especial curiosity as a result of conflation of the Roman and Celtic cultures to shape a particular Romano-Celtic culture of cult-expression. it truly is this custom which kinds the focal point of the current paintings.