The Romans may well have “singled out” or exaggerated particular Celtic ideas and beliefs which seemed alien to them. Brezina has commented that they offer “confused” and “fragmentary” accounts of the gods especially as they seemed very strange to the Romans ( 2008, p. Their accounts also present difficulties for the historian because they employed Roman terminology when describing Celtic religion. This further compounds the difficulties of interpretation (Maier, 1997, p.The second type of source to be discussed come from the Middle Ages and were compiled throughout Britain. Once again, the historian is immediately confronted with a problem which potentially affects their reliability and authenticity; the influence of Christianity (Aldhouse-Green, 1998, p. Maier argues that this influence means that such accounts are not a true reflection of “pre-Christian mythology” and should actually be viewed as a “creative interpretation”. To be able to use them correctly also requires an excellent knowledge of Medieval Welsh and Irish sources, and a constant reviewing when new material is discovered (1997, p.Ireland has produced a rich array of mythological and religious sources. Historian have grouped the tales into useful categories; the Mythological cycle, the Ulster cycle, the kings cycles, and the Fenian cycle. There is also a collection of romances and Arthurian tales (Koch, 2006, pp. Why Is Our Knowledge of Celtic Mythology So Fragmentary.
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