|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Monday, September 25, 2000, 20:19|
At 11:09 pm -0800 24/9/00, Mike Adams wrote:
>The debate about "Celtic" is similiar to the one about "Germanic"
Not really. The Germanic peoples were called Germani by the ancients. The
name has been used ever since. There has been no doubt who the Germans
were & are.
The "Insular Celts" were _never_ called Celts by the ancients. The Keltai/
Celtae were peoples of the upper Danube - some way away from Britain!
The Welsh, Irish, Scots Highlanders etc were not called 'Celtic' at any
time before the 18th century - and certainly did not call themselves
'Celtic' before then. The link between these peoples Ireland & Britain and
the Keltai/ Celtae is rather tenuous and Simon James has questioned the
very link at all.
I don't see any similarity myself.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]