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I’m reading the Dover book Celtic Myths and Legends, first published in 1911. The examination of classical sources seems thorough and legitimate, but I keep stumbling over the “cutting edge” scholarship where the author cites the latest articles on phrenology and eugenics. Not to mention the assumption that civilization = Roman customs, so literacy in three languages and more sophisticated metallurgy don’t elevate the Celts above barbarian status because they use thatched roofs instead of tile and their women till the fields. Oy.

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