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Re: Germanic

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. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================