This introductory chapter discusses the people, language and culture behind the history of the term ‘Celtic’. It shows that the term ‘Celt’ is applied in three distinct ways. First in the ethnographical writing of antiquity, the word ‘Celt’ (Greek Keltoí, Kéltai, and Galátai, Latin Celtae and Galli) stands for a variety of central European peoples with whom the Greeks and Romans came into contact from the sixth century
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