The Discovery of Middle Earth by Graham Robb
Mapping the Lost World of the Celts

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Flaws aside, Robb has broken significant new ground in this deep, fastidiously researched exploration into the ingenuity of the ancient Celtic people.
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A treasure hunt that uncovers the secrets of one of the world’s great civilizations, revealing dramatic proof of the extreme sophistication of the Celts, and their creation of the earliest accurate map of the world.


Fifty generations ago the cultural empire of the Celts stretched from the Black Sea to Ireland and the Highlands of Scotland. In six hundred years, the Celts had produced some of the finest artistic and scientific masterpieces of the ancient world. In 58 BC, Julius Caesar marched over the Alps, bringing slavery and genocide to western Europe. Within eight years the Celts of what is now France were utterly annihilated, and in another hundred years the Romans had overrun Britain. It is astonishing how little remains of this great civilization.

While planning a bicycling trip along the Heraklean Way, the ancient route from Portugal to the Alps, Graham Robb discovered a door to that forgotten world—a beautiful and precise pattern of towns and holy places based on astronomical and geometrical measurements: this was the three-dimensional “Middle Earth” of the Celts. As coordinates and coincidences revealed themselves across the continent, a map of the Celtic world emerged as a miraculously preserved archival document.


Robb—“one of the more unusual and appealing historians currently striding the planet” (New York Times)—here reveals the ancient secrets of the Celts, demonstrates the lasting influence of Druid science, and recharts the exploration of the world and the spread of Christianity. A pioneering history grounded in a real-life historical treasure hunt, The Discovery of Middle Earth offers nothing less than an entirely new understanding of the birth of modern Europe.

 

About Graham Robb

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Graham Robb is the author of three prize-winning biographies, each one selected as New York Times Best Books. His most recent works, The Discovery of France and Parisians, have earned several awards and much acclaim between them. He lives on the Anglo-Scottish border.
 
Published November 4, 2013 by W. W. Norton & Company. 416 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Oct 21 2013

Flaws aside, Robb has broken significant new ground in this deep, fastidiously researched exploration into the ingenuity of the ancient Celtic people.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 26 2013

Like the vast and intricate geographical latticework that Robb has uncovered, the book unfurls its secrets in an eerie, magnificent way—a remarkable, mesmerizing, and bottomless work.

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NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Ian Morris on Nov 22 2013

For most readers, the words “Middle Earth” immediately evoke J. R. R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings,” set in a fantasy world of the same name. But Hobbit aficionados will be sorely disappointed...Robb makes no attempt to connect “The Discovery of Middle Earth” and the Middle Earth where the War of the Ring was fought.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Wendy Smith on Nov 15 2013

This worldview is very foreign to the secular modern mind, and Robb's ability to respectfully and compellingly elucidate it is what makes his book intermittently fascinating.

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