Foundations of the Gael
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Foundations of the Gael

A Kilts and Kerns Course which explores the ancient origins and stories of the Celts.
4.3 (2 ratings)
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Created by Tyler Hackworth
Last updated 2/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand the origins of the Celts and the common history and culture of the Scots and the Irish.
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  • No materials needed for the course, just interest in the subject.

Both Scotland and Ireland possess common roots of language, culture, and tradition. Throughout the past two thousand years, these two lands, though separated by the Irish Sea, have nonetheless shared many triumphs and woes. The course will provide a basis for students to understand the complex relationship between these two Celtic nations. Foundations of the Gael begins this story with the rise of Celtic culture in ancient Europe. Fundamentals of the Celtic world will be exposed and analyzed through classical sources like the Romans as well as traditional myths and legends that reveal more than most people think. The course is organized into two parts with seven lectures and a quiz in each part. This equates to nearly an hour and a half of content in the lectures themselves.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a course for those who are interested in the history of Scotland and Ireland, history buffs, and students in Celtic studies programs.
  • More serious scholars with an extensive background in Celtic Studies may have heard all this before, so they should look elsewhere for more in-depth academic lectures.
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
The Ancient Celts
7 Lectures 40:28

An introduction to not only the subject of the ancient Celts, but also to the type of sources that the information has been gleaned from and the possible benefits and pitfalls of the different types of sources.

Preview 03:58

Further talk of possible sources as well as a bit of a traditional tale that illustrates the possibility of bias in the sources.

Preview 05:03

A telling of a traditional Celtic legend which explains how the Celtic peoples first came to Ireland.

Preview 07:47

An investigation and in-depth look at the "Sons of the Mil" legend to see what aspects of the legend can be backed up with historical sources and what we can learn from such stories.

A Closer Look at the Sons

A description of one of the cycles of Irish mythology and the beginings of its most widely known story.

The Ulster Cycle

A continuation of the Tain story-line as well as a look at warrior women in Celtic history and tales.

Scathach's Battle School

A look at ritualized combat among the Celts and the conclusion of the Tain.

Single Combat

First Section Quiz
5 questions
The Celts in the Classical World
8 Lectures 38:38

Looking at the advances in technology in the ancient world and the subsequent changes that brought about the Celtic culture.

Metals of the Warrior

Relating how the Celts spread their culture across the whole of the European continent.

Migrations and Mercenaries

A look at the early history of Rome and their first interactions and clashes with their Celtic neighbors.

First Contact with Rome

A massive Celtic migration through Roman lands caused the rise of a great Roman general and the formation of the well-known professional Roman Legion.

Enemies at the Gates

Probably the most well-known Roman general in history conquers the Celts in Gaul, but not without opposition.

Caesar and Vercingetorix

The Roman experience in Briatin and a rebellion that would almost push them out of the Isles entirely.

Boudicca and Roman Britain

The consolidation of Roman power in the South of Britain and the campaigns of the general Agricola into what is now Scotland.

North of the Walls

Second Section Quiz
5 questions

Bibliography and Suggested Readings
2 pages
About the Instructor
Tyler Hackworth
4.3 Average rating
9 Reviews
73 Students
3 Courses
Historian and Storyteller

I've been fascinated in history, arms and armor, and Celtic culture since I was a kid. Following this passion has resulted in a B.A. in History, a Certificate of Celtic Studies, and a M.A. in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies. This last degree I earned from the University of Ulster in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

I've also been involved in various living history and reenactment organizations for over 13 years. I have performed educational weapons demonstrations and presentations for both adults and children as well as acting as an assistant and guest instructor for several martial arts classes.