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    "The Barbarian Kings" by Lionel Casson

    This is one of the books in the "Treasures of the World" series created by Tree Communications and Published by Stonehenge Press. Every one of its 170 pages has color picutes on it. As much, if not more, space is dedicated to pictures as text.

    The text is written at a popular level to give a setting for the treasures depicted. There is a fine illustration of the migration routes of barbarian tribes at the beginning of the work and there is a useful (yet sparse) timeline chronology near the end.

    Here are the chapter headings:
    1 Among the Scythians
    2 Legends of the Celts
    3 Three Against Rome
    4 Franks and Saxons
    5 Viking Marauders

    Four sword hilts are shown. The Steinsvik and Hedeby swords shown on this thread:
    http://forums.swordforum.com/showthr...threadid=38747

    The Dyback and Childeric Swords hilts can be found. Also the Oseberg Ship find, some Sutton Hoo art and Isle of Lewis Chess pieces grace its pages.

    This work succeeds in its intended purpose of giving an upclose and colorful view of the not so barbaric nature of barbarian practical arts. For instance, here is a detail shot of the 8th cent. Ardagh Silver Chalice.

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    That is a beautiful piece of workmanship!
    ...enquiring wrights have a mind to know...

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    The Irish would be a little miffed, I think, to be considered among the barbarians of the period. They were among the most civilized societies of the time.
    NEM. PERV.T QUI N.N LEG.CERT.RIT

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    That's right...

    I hear there is a theory that ancient Ireland is the "Lost Continent of Atlantis"!

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    From what I have read, the word "barbarian" is used by the Ancient Greeks and Romans to describe any of the other European and Asian cultures.

    So, under this definition the Irish are not Roman, or Hellenic/Dorian.
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