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Book Title: The Celtic Realms|
The author of the book: Myles Dillon
Edition: Castle Books
Date of issue: March 28th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780785816768
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This masterly survey of the history and culture of the Celtic peoples covers the whole period from their prehistoric origins to the Norman invasion of Britain. The early part of the book is concerned with the narrative history of the period, beginning with the origins of the Celts and discussing the society and culture of ancient Gaul. The British and Irish peoples are then treated separately in their historical development. The remainder of the book is concerned with the demonstration of the peculiar genius of the Celts, and the way in which this was manifested in religion, literature and the visual arts. Much of the Celtic art is relatively unknown, but has a grandeur and mystic quality which are enthralling -- the myths and legends being part of a great oral tradition which can only be compared to the epics of the Classical world. The work is fully illustrated with 64 pages of photographs, which form an invaluable complement to the text and provide a striking evocation of the world of the Celts.
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Read information about the authorMyles Dillon (11 May 1900 — 18 June 1972) was an Irish historian, philologist and celticist.
Myles Dillon was born in Dublin; he was one of six children of John Dillon and his wife Elizabeth Mathew; James Matthew Dillon, the leader of Fine Gael, was his younger brother.
Myles Dillon graduated from University College Dublin, than travelled to Germany and France, where he studied in deep Old Irish and Celtic philology under Joseph Vendryes and Rudolf Thurneysen. Dillon taught Sanskrit and comparative philology in Trinity College, Dublin (1928–1930) and University College, Dublin (1930–1937). In 1937 moved to USA, where he taught Irish in the University of Madison (his son John M. Dillon was born in Madison), in 1946-1947 taught in Chicago. On his return to Ireland worked in the School of Celtic Studies in Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies; was the director of the School from 1960 till 1968, edited Celtica. Volume 11 of Celtica is dedicated to his memory.
Myles Dillon is the author of a number of important scholarly books, handbooks and translations from Old Irish. Among his most notable works are The Cycles of the Kings (1946), Early Irish literature (1948), The Celtic realms (1967, with Nora Kershaw Chadwick). M. Dillon published a modern translation and commentary of The Book of Rights (Old Irish: Lebor na cert, 1962). He also translated Dieux et héros des Celtes by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt into English, thus making the book available for a wider scholarly audience. The monograph Celts and Aryans, published posthumously by the Indian Institute of Advanced Study reflects Dillon's interest in the traces of the shared heritage in the Indian and Irish cultures deriving from Proto-Indo-European society based on a period of research Dillon spent in Simla, India.
 BibliographyThe Cycles of the Kings. OUP, 1946; rep. Four Courts Press 1994)
Early Irish Literature. Chicago, 1948; rep. 1969; rep. Four Courts Press 1994
Early Irish Society, Dublin 1954 (editor)
Irish Sagas. 1959, reps. 1968, 1985, 1996
The Book of Rights. Dublin, 1962
The Celtic Realms (with Nora Chadwick),1967
Celts and Aryans. Simla 1975
 ReferencesBreathnach D., Ní Murchú M. 1882—1982. Beathaisnéis a ceathair. (Dublin): An Clóchmar, 1995. P. 28-30.
J. Fischer and J. Dillon (eds.), The Correspondence of Myles Dillon, 1922—1925: Irish German Relations and Celtic Studies, Dublin: Four Courts Press 1998
Robert Welch, Bruce Stewart, The Oxford companion to Irish literature, Oxford University Press, 1996, p. 149.
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