history of the Cymry is a long time in the telling. It pre-dates the Romans that were to
be such a great influence on the Welsh civilisation. In fact the Celtic peoples were a key
to the development of the military might of the Romans Empire.
|2.In the first
millennium BC the Celts pushed out in many directions, north, east, west and down
into was to become modern Italy, they forced their way down to where Rome was to be and
occupied this area before finally heading north again.
hundred years they dominated Europe. It would be a while before the Romans came to be the
force they were to become and able to counteract the Celts' military ferocity.
||3.Before the Romans became the archetypal
road builders it was in fact the Celts that were truly the first European road
builders. They were the first iron age warriors - and with their axes and their
billhooks they opened up the paths through the forests across Europe.
|4. The Celts left
their presence felt across Europe in the names of the tribes that settled. Modern European
names are a Who's Who of successful Celtic tribes, for example the Parisii from which we
get modern Paris from, and the Belgae who gave Belgium it's name.
continued there march west and settled the British Isles in two main waves. First the
Goidelic Celts came and became the ancestors of the Gaelic-speaking people in Ireland. The
second wave were the Brythonic Celts, the ancestors of the Welsh and Cornish.