Press Releases 2017

International Celtic Studies publication launched at UWTSD

14.12.2017

A major international Celtic studies publication has been launched at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  

Lansiad Ralph

Celtic Religions in The Roman Period: Personal, Local and Global by Dr Ralph Haeussler and Professor Anthony King is the output of a F.E.R.C.AN. project (fonts epigraphici religionum Celticarum antiquarum) workshop which was held in Lampeter in 2014.  This multi-authored book brings together new work, from a wide range of disciplinary vantages, on pre-Christian religion in the Celtic-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire. The chapters are the work of international experts in the fields of classics, ancient history, archaeology, and Celtic studies.

Dr Ralph Haeussler is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Following the book launch event he said:

“The book launch was a huge success and we’re delighted with the interest shown in our new publication.  This volume explores a wide range of disciplinary vantages, on pre-Christian religion in the Celtic-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire.  It’s fully illustrated with colour maps, site plans, photographs and drawings of ancient inscriptions and images of Romano-Celtic gods.  

Both Anthony and myself are very proud of the final output and we’d like to thank everybody that has contributed to the book for their commitment and support.  We’d also like to thank everybody that supported the event and made it such a great success.” 

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Amongst the contributing authors is Professor John Koch, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies (CAWCS) and also the Director of Celtic Studies Publishers, the book’s publisher.  Professor Koch Is also the series editor of Celtic Studies Publications which this new book is a part of that series. Speaking about the importance of this new publication to the field of Celtic Studies and about his own contribution, both as author and publisher, Professor Koch said:

“Holding the thirteenth F.E.R.C.AN. workshop in Wales and publishing these collected studies here created a special opportunity to bring together cutting-edge research on pre-Christian Celtic beliefs across Europe and the medieval mythological tales of Ireland and Wales. An important aspect of this book is the Welsh dimension – the original conference was held in Wales and the book was printed in such a professional way by Cambrian Printers in Aberystwyth.  It’s very much a Ceredigion operation as well as being a widely international one.  It was an honour to be present and take part in the book launch which was so well attended – it really was wonderful to see so many people come together.

The contribution of Fernando Fernández and myself revisits the ‘Pan-Celtic god Lugus’, whose name is the exact equivalent of that of the Welsh Lleu in the Mabinogi and the figure Lugh, who figures as the king of the gods in Irish tradition. Researchers have long been aware of this comparative evidence, but many more dedications to Celtic gods are known today, and early approaches to Celtic mythology and religion are now seen as out of date. So it is time for a new understanding of the Celtic antecedents of Welsh tradition”

To purchase this book please click on the following link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Celtic-Religions-Roman-Period-Publications/dp/1891271253

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk