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Ancient Celtic Placenames in Europe and Asia Minor, Number 39

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4570-1
424 pages
July 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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An original study revealing the history of place-names from Ireland to Anatolia, from Scotland to the Apennines, and from to Andalusia the Black Seas.

  • Includes numerous original maps and uncovers new methodology for linguistic geography

  • Uses a dataset of over 20,000 names recorded by Greek and Latin authors such as Polybius, Caesar and Tacitus and by early geographers such as Strabo, Pliny, Ptolemy and the Ravenna Cosmographer

  • A significant work for archaeologists, historians and philologists studying the early distribution of Celtic and other Indo-European languages
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List of maps.

Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. A Database Approach.

3. The Long Arm of Coincidence.

4. Selected Celtic-Looking Strings and Elements.

5. The distribution of the Selected Celtic-Looking Elements.

6. The Extent of Celtic Names: i. Northern Europe (above 48 latitude) .

7. The Extent of Celtic Names: ii. Central Europe (latitudes 44-47).

8. The Extent of Celtic Names: iii. Southern Europe (latitude 43 and southwar.

9. The Extent of Celtic Names: iv. Asia Minor (west of longitude +35) with v. Note on Remaining Areas around the Mediterranean (north of latitude 35 and west of longitude +35).

10. The Extent of Celtic Names: vi. Africa and Asia (south of latitude 35 and east of longitude +35).

11. The Extent of Celtic Names: Summary.

12. Prospects for Further Research.

Abbreviations.

Bibliography.

Index of Place-Names

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Patrick Sims-Williams is Professor of Celtic Studies in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and was formerly Reader in Celtic and Anglo-Saxon in the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Religion and Literature in Western England, 600-800 (1990), Britain and Early Christian Europe (1995), and The Celtic Inscriptions of Britain: Phonology and Chronology, c. 400-1200 (2003). He is a co-editor of Ptolemy: Towards a Linguistic Atlas of the Earliest Celtic Place-Names of Europe (2000) and New Approaches to Celtic Place-Names in Ptolemy’s Geography (2005), and he edits Cambrian Medieval Celtic Studies. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1996.
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  • An original study revealing the history of place-names from Ireland to Anatolia, from Scotland to the Apennines, and from to Andalusia the Black Seas
  • Includes numerous original maps and uncovers new methodology for linguistic geography
  • Uses a dataset of over 20,000 names recorded by Greek and Latin authors such as Polybius, Caesar and Tacitus and by early geographers such as Strabo, Pliny, Ptolemy and the Ravenna Cosmographer
  • A significant work for archaeologists, historians and philologists studying the early distribution of Celtic and other Indo-European languages
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"Taken as a whole, this book is a triumphant vindication of the value of philology applied in a systematic and discerning fashion to a major historical problem." Antiquity
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