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" Copyright GodulikeThe Romans chased the Celts and Druids across Europe, through England and Wales, into the sea and into what the Romans were satisfied to call oblivion. And what the conquering Romans started, the persecuting Christians believed they finished with their discovery of I..."

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The Romans chased the Celts and Druids across Europe, through England and Wales, into the sea and into what the Romans were satisfied to call oblivion. And what the conquering Romans started, the persecuting Christians believed they finished with their discovery of Ireland and the destruction of the last Druid.They were, of course, both wrong.   Modern Druids are making a long overdue reappearance and although temporarily stuck with the mystical image of magic and wizardry, have a better than average chance of making a real recovery.The Druids may be a bit thin on the ground at the start of the second millennium but a few (two thousand) years ago when the gods lived in theearth, flew in the skies and western Europe was being busily overrun by the Romans, the Druids were a real force to be reckoned with. Gaius Julius Caesar was undoubtedly one of the world's movers and shakers, he was an ambitious politician, a terrifying military commander and ruthless dictator.

He was also a prolific author and although those entrusted with the great man's writings managed to lose almost all of them, there were a few literary and sociological thoughts that have been preserved. The Roman calendar (including a whole month, July, named after himself) and his writings on the Druids survive to the present day. J.C. found much to occupy his time in those good old days. He had to conquer most of the known world, do his best to manipulate the political Roman Empire and persecute as many minority groups as he couldfind. What with the constant round of parties and orgies, watching out for plotting upstarts and watching his own back, the conquering of Europe was his only acknowledged, but temporary, success. His run in with the Christians turned out, in spite of the slaughter, to be an own goal and his rise up the political ladder at home was curtailed by the most famous example of back-stabbing in history. Caesar did however find time for at least one other activity. Rather surprising he was the one, with a little help from Posidonius, who recorded all that was known at the time about the Druids. [If the Druids knew that Julius was 'writing the book' they might have asked for a short chapter on the 'plus side' of Druid life. As it was the Druids themselves felt no compulsion to ever record their activities, relying for power on a solid homeb......


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