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Fashioning druids from Caesar to today (Dr Brigid Ehrmantraut)

4:00pm-4:30pm on Saturday 23 March

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Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Room GR 06/07 9 West Road, CB3 9DP

This talk explores the myriad ways in which authors and audiences from Classical writers such as Caesar and Tacitus, to medieval literature set in the pre-Christian past, to the modern opera stage have interpreted and reinterpreted Celtic druids.

As figures of bloodthirsty sacrifice, pagan philosophy, prophecy and much more, druids have sparked many imaginations over the last three millennia. While these interpretations may bear little resemblance to druids in historical reality, they are interesting in their own right and attest to the range of creative responses that druids inspired.

Prompted by a presentation on druids that I was asked to give to a major fashion house recently, my talk will consider thematic similarities between Classical Greek and Roman and medieval Irish depictions of druids, before asking how these sources influence contemporary re-fashioning of these ancient figures.

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Additional Information

Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 80
Theme: Discovery, Society
Accessibility: Step-free access, Accessible toilet

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