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melecona

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  • Druids: A Very Short Introduction

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barry Cunliffe
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (44)

    The Druids have been known and discussed for at least 2,400 years, first by Greek writers and later by the Romans, who came in contact with them in Gaul and Britain. According to these sources, they were a learned caste who officiated in religious ceremonies, taught the ancient wisdoms, and were revered as philosophers. But few figures flit so elusively through history, and the Druids remain enigmatic and puzzling to this day.

    Becky says: "Not what I was expecting"
    "Very Short Introductions is the best collection!!"
    Overall

    Very Short Introductions is the best collection!! Please, we definitely need more from this series!!

    Druids have fascinated popular imagination for over two thousand years. In recent years, they have enjoyed revived interest due largely to the emergence of various New Age and earth-based spiritual and religious movements. And yet, despite all the fascination with them, we still don't know much about who they were and what sorts of beliefs and practices they were involved in. This is primarily due to the fact that the pagan societies within which Druids operated did not leave any written records. Hence, all that we know about Druids stems from the physical archeological evidence they left behind, and the writings of outsiders.

    This very short introduction tries to shed more light on Druids for the modern reader. It presents a fascinating history of the ancient world within which Druids operated. It shatters a few myths about Druids and reconfirms some other long held beliefs. In particular, even though it is unclear whether Druids themselves conducted human sacrifices, it is fairly well established that those were common in ancient pagan societies and that Druids at the very least condoned them. The book also gives a nice overview of the revival of the interest in Druids that started with the European romanticism roughly in the nineteenth century. Most of our images of Druids can actually be traced to that period, and it is amusing to note that many of the purportedly Druidic practices that some neopagan groups engage in were actually invented in this period.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rapid Russian, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 9 mins)
    • By earworms Learning
    • Narrated By Marlon Lodge, Tatyana Komova
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Earworms mbt© is a revolutionary accelerated learning technique that takes the hard work out of learning. By listening to these specially composed melodies, with their rhythmic repetitions of French and English a few times, you will pick up over 200 essential words and phrases that will not just be on the tip of your tongue, but burned deeply into your long-term memory in next to no time.

    melecona says: "Looking forward to listening the 3rd!!!"
    "Looking forward to listening the 3rd!!!"
    Overall

    Fabulous!!! Exciting!!! Enjoyable!! It is the first no-boring course I ever found!! Please, is there any 3rd Volume?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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