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Aldhouse-Green, Miranda J. (Miranda Jane)

Works: 86 works in 601 publications in 6 languages and 20,538 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Folklore  Biography  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: BL900, 299.16
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Most widely held works about Miranda J Aldhouse-Green
Most widely held works by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green
Animals in Celtic life and myth by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( )

25 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in English and held by 2,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For the Celts, a rural people whose survival depended greatly upon their environment, the sanctity of natural phenomena and of the elements led to extreme respect and veneration of animals. Both wild and domesticated species became the subject of elaborate rituals and formed the basis of profound religious beliefs. Animals in Celtic Life and Myth examines the intimate relationship which developed between humans and animals, in a society in which animals were central to all aspects of life. Miranda Green draws on evidence from a variety of early Celtic documents, as well as archaeology and iconography, to reveal that the Celts believed many animals to be sacred, either possessing divine status in their own right or acting as mediators between gods and humans. She covers the crucial role of animals in the Celtic economy, in hunting and warfare, in Celtic art and literature, and in religion and ritual. The attitude of the Celts toward animals closely connected the cult and the everyday: warfare was bound up with religion; the killing of animals was associated with ritual; in stories, heroes talk to animals in their own language and gods change at will from human to animal form. The author covers the important period between 800 BC and AD 400, during which much of Europe was turning to Christianity, and examples range from Ireland to Czechoslovakia. Animals in Celtic Life and Myth will be invaluable to students of archaeology, anthropology and history
Symbol and image in Celtic religious art by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( )

37 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in English and held by 2,259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The concept of the goddess by Sandra Billington( )

27 editions published between 1996 and 2002 in English and held by 2,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The studies benefit from a broad interdisciplinary approach and take a fresh look at the subject. As well as being relevant to those studying archaeology, ancient history, classical studies, anthropology, folklore, mythology, comparative religion and women's studies, it will also appeal to the general reader. With its accessible style, extensive bibliography and innovative approach, The Concept of the Goddess is a highly valuable contribution to study in this field
The world of the Druids by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

48 editions published between 1997 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this authoritative account, Miranda Green unravels the truth about the Druids. Examining the archaeological evidence, Classical commentaries and early Welsh and Irish myths, she shows that the Druids were fully integrated into Celtic societyfulfilling varied and necessary roles, both secular and religious. The Roman writers are seen to reflect the double standards of an invading society: condemning as barbaric the public sacrifice of enemies by the Druids while accepting as civilized their own practice of slaughter for sport in the arena. Yet the Classical sources can be used to help reveal the real Druids. We learn of their multiple roles as judges, teachers, healers, magicians, philosophers, religious leaders and fomenters of rebellion."--Jacket
Celtic Wales by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( )

17 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 1,545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Celtic Wales' is about the beginnings of Wales and how the period from the Iron Age to medieval times helped shape and define the modern nation of Wales. Early Wales has a spectacular archaeological, literary and mythical heritage. This book uses archaeology and early historical documents to discuss all aspects of early Welsh society, from war to farming and from drinking habits to Druids
Celtic myths by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

28 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores mythology and beliefs of pagan Celts from 600 B.C. to A.D. 400. Since they were non-literates there is no written record of their lives, beliefs or stories, but those written by others
An archaeology of images : iconology and cosmology in Iron Age and Roman Europe by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in English and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An Archaeology of Images presents a new interpretation of the ways images worked within ancient European societies, in the period from 600 BC to AD 400." "Using archaeology and social anthropology, the author investigates the various meanings with which images may have been imbued, and seeks to undermine the usual interpretation of statues, reliefs and figurines as passive things to be looked at or worshipped. It is clear that the deposition of images in temples or graves may not have been the only meaningful episode of their biographies; one image may have undergone a number of life experiences during its existence in society."--Jacket
Dictionary of Celtic myth and legend by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

22 editions published between 1992 and 2006 in English and Japanese and held by 1,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dictionary contains entries on aspects of Celtic myth, religion and folklore in Britain and Europe between 500 BC and AD 400. Archaeological research, classical writers and earliest recorded oral traditions provide the reader with an overview of Celtic Lore
The Celtic world by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

29 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The ancient Celts, in their heyday, inhabited much of Europe north of the Alps. This new and exhaustive study examines this fascinating people from the first evidence of Celts in the archaeological and historical record to the early post Roman period." "The Celtic World is one of the most comprehensive studies of the Celts in recent years, with new research material from leading Celtic scholars from Europe, Britain and America. The book includes chapters on archaeology, language, literature, warfare, rural life, towns, art, religion and myth, trade and industry, political organization, society and technology. It also looks at the Celts in Italy, Spain, France, Eastern Europe, the Rhineland, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and concludes with a survey of modern Celts and how they view their Celtic identity." "The Celtic World will be invaluable for students and academics of Celtic studies, and of interest to anyone fascinated by the Celts."--Jacket
The gods of the Celts by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

42 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 865 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book examines the Celts and their religion, covering all aspects of the gods, ritual customs, cult-objects and sacred places of the ancient Celtic people
Caesar's Druids : story of an ancient priesthood by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 797 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ancient chroniclers, including Julius Caesar himself, made the Druids and their sacred rituals infamous throughout the Western world. But in fact, as Miranda Aldhouse-Green shows in this book, the Druids' day-to-day lives were far less lurid and much more significant." "While not avoiding the controversial issues of human sacrifice and ritual cannibalism, Caesar's Druids explores the various roles that Druids played in British and Gallic society during the first centuries BC and AD. They were not just priests but judges, healers, scientists and power brokers - a highly complex, intellectual and sophisticated group whose influence transcended religion and reached into the realms of secular power and politics." "Recreating the remote world of an ancient priesthood, Caesar's Druids engages with issues that are relevant today: clashing ideologies, propaganda, theocracy, resistance and colonialism. This original work is the definitive history of Europe's ancient Druids." --Book Jacket
Celtic art : symbols & imagery by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 751 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The art of the pagan early Christian Celts (500BC - AD800) was central to their identity. Its significance was all-pervasive, trancending mere ornamentation with a system of symbols that made clear statements about status, power, and gender, about war and the supernatural." "In the absence of contemporary written records, this thought-provoking study adopts other means to crack the code of Celtic art. Locating it clearly in its archaeological context, Miranda Green works towards an understanding of its place within Celtic society. The code may be too complex to crack in its entirety, but this book enhances as none has done before our understanding of the art, and of the world which it reflects."--Jacket
Bog bodies uncovered : solving Europe's ancient mystery by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The remains of prehistoric men, women and children – so well preserved that they are often mistaken for victims of modern crime – have periodically been revealed in the bogs of northern Europe. In many cases their skin, hair, nails, and marks of injury survive, betraying the violence that surrounded their deaths. Who were these unfortunate people, and why were they killed? The number of known bodies is growing. Lindow Man, the famous ‘Pete Marsh’ discovered in Cheshire, has been joined by new finds from Ireland and elsewhere. Archaeologists, armed with the latest analytical techniques, are today investigating these cold cases to reveal much about our distant past. Forensic science allows us to deduce the age, physical condition, status, cause and time of death of these ancient victims, helping to answer the fundamental questions that they pose: Were these people executed, murdered, or victims of human sacrifice? Who selected them? Who delivered the killing blow, and why? Drawing on the latest evidence and research, Miranda Aldhouse-Green, an acknowledged authority on the period, has written an engrossing detective story, uncovering the hidden truths behind these mysteries. In this book we come face-to-face with our ancestors and can begin to understand their ancient lives – and deaths. Miranda Aldhouse-Green whets our appetite with the big picture of where, when and how these bodies began to turn up, and delves under the shroud of mystery that surrounds them, exploring theories and suggesting histories for their lives that make sense of their deaths."--Site web de l'éditeur
Celtic goddesses : warriors, virgins, and mothers by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

21 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 479 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text offers a wide-ranging review of the significance of the female in Celtic myth and religion. Celtic goddesses presided over nature, animals, healing and fertility. Terrifying battle goddesses were invoked in times of war and a Mother Goddess was supplicated for the fertility of animals and crops. Goddesses were often linked with animals - birds, dogs, bears, pigs and snakes all had their divine protectresses. Divine and semi-divine females abound in Welsh and Irish myths, often associated with themes of virginity and sexuality, promiscuity and destruction. The concept of partnership is a prominent aspect of Celtic religion and myth, and it is possible to trace evidence of the divine marriage in both European iconography and Irish myth. The female is sometimes the dominant partner. In this account, the role of woman as religious leader, priestess (even druidess) and as seer, appeasing and controlling the supernatural powers, is examined. The final section of the book explores the transition from polytheistic paganism to monotheistic Christianity in the Celtic west. Here Celtic spirituality embraced women as of major importance as saints and mystics. One example is the Irish goddess Brigit, who became a Christian saint, but retained her pagan function as presider over the ale harvest
The quest for the shaman : shape-shifters, sorcerers, and spirit-healers of ancient Europe by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

7 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Long before there were organized religions there were shamans. As this book ably demonstrates, archaeological remains - from cave paintings to bog bodies to Bronze Age vessels - show that shamanism was endemic among ancient European peoples from the Stone Age to the early post-Roman era. Most shamans occupied a marginal, dual position in their communities and functioned as liaisons with the spirit-world through the medium of trance. The authors draw on recent archaeological research in their quest for the shaman."--Jacket
Boudica Britannia : rebel, war-leader and queen by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Boudica's rebellion in the 1st century A.D. is one of the most dramatic - and important - events in the history of Britain; the story of how one British woman challenged the might of the Roman Empire. This account of her life is one of aggression, courage, violence, humiliation and clashing cultures meeting head-on."--Jacket
Dying for the gods : human sacrifice in Iron Age and Roman Europe by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explains "the nature of sacrifice in antiquity" and "different aspects of the subject: the notion of flesh for the gods; rites of fire and blood; the significance of defleshing heads and of skulls; suffocation ...; the selection of victims and the evidence for the sacrifice of children." Author "puts forward some reasons for ritual murder and shows how" certain practices "illustrate the importance of place in the sacrificial rite" and "highlights the essential role of the priesthood in sacrificial murder."--Book jacket
The sun gods of ancient Europe by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

11 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The ancient European sun-cults are remarkable for their diversity and complexity. From at least the Neolithic to the Roman period, pagan European communities drew symbols of the sun, built shrines and fashioned images which acknowledged its daily and seasonal behavior, its essential heat and light-giving properties and its manifold associations. The author examines the diverse archaeological and iconographic evidence of sun worship from 2000 BC to AD 400, a period when, in much of central, eastern and northern Europe, a reverence towards the sun as a divine phenomenon appears to have dominated man's attitude to the supernatural. The book begins by tracing the chronological developments of sun-worship, from the megalithic tombs and structures of the Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, through the great expansion of sun-worship in the later Bronze Age, possibly stimulated by climactic deterioration in northern Europe, to the complex anthropomorphic perceptions of the Celtic and Roman periods. Later chapters analyze the diverse ways in which humans perceived and depicted the sun, from wheels, circles and swastikas to human figures with solar attributes. From one of the many supernatural forces that had to be appeased and invoked, the sun-god had developed into ruler over the cosmos, protector-guardian, and symbol of the most important of earthly concerns: fertility and death. This book is a comprehensive analysis of the degree of penetration of the sun-cult into many divergent religious practices, and will be useful to students of archaeology and anthropology. -- Amazon
The gods of Roman Britain by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2003 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A corpus of religious material from the civilian areas of Roman Britain by Miranda J Aldhouse-Green( Book )

17 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The concept of the goddess
Symbol and image in Celtic religious artThe concept of the goddessThe world of the DruidsCeltic WalesCeltic mythsAn archaeology of images : iconology and cosmology in Iron Age and Roman EuropeDictionary of Celtic myth and legendThe Celtic world
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Miranda Aldhouse-Green arqueóloga e investigadora británica

Miranda Aldhouse-Green britische Archäologin und Anthropologin

Miranda Aldhouse-Green Brits antropologe

Miranda Green

Miranda Jane Green professeur d’archéologie à l’université du pays de Galles

グリーン, M・J

グリーン, ミランダ・J

グリーン, ミランダ ジェイン

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