When trying to dip our toes into the Celtic history it is necessary to mention that initially the name Celts was used historically with the reference to the group of tribe who inhabited a rather large territory.
The Celts were settled all through Western Europe and Celtic tribes could be found on the territory of modern Turkey, Austria, Bavaria and others. It is difficult to estimate the exact starting date of the Celtic history, but the first mention of Celtic tribes as by the Greek historians who used the word "keltoi", which clearly resembles the now commonly used word "Celts".
The word was used in reference to the group of tribes that lived on the territory of southern France; this tribe further gained the Roman name of Gauls. The tribes, though presenting a multitude of different groups were still connected by similar culture and traditions, as well as a common language.
The beginning of Celtic history was marked by the breathtaking range of victories in terms of gaining new territories. At the acme of their power, the Celtic tribes proved that they possessed enough power to occupy such grand ancient cities like Rome and Delphi.
Having begun by a range of spectacular victories, the Celtic history was then marred by the Roman Empire, the rise of which pronouncedly caused the slump of Celtic history. It was the fact that Celtic tribes markedly lacked cohesion between them that the downfall of their power at this period of Celtic history is attributed to. Being overly disintegrated Celtic tribes proved incapable of resisting the rising Roman Empire.
Pushed back form the territories they formerly occupied the defeated Celts had to settle down in the western part of the continent.
The recounts of Celtic history draw up an image of a non-Christian leader, a warrior, whose main attributes were courage and military skill. The level of development and of all aspects of life of the Celtic tribes was rather primitive, and it can also be named among the causes of the Celtic defeat by the Romans, a lamentable event in the Celtic history.
However, despite the fact that the early as well as the medium stages of the Celtic history can be marked as rather under-civilized, culture and traditions were not something alien to the Celts. They possess a great wealth of customs and rites, most of them having pagan origin and superstitious filling.
The richness of Celtic culture at any stages of Celtic history can be traced if referred to the variety of Celtic designs. It stands to reason that a trait deal of Celtic designs and articles of culture have been lost, but the ones that have remained are apt to rouse the feeling of astonishment. Most of Celtic designes described the events of the Celtic history and reflected a great deal of credit and fame to the tribal leaders, at times going overboard in hailing their virtues and discernibly exaggerating their military talents and achievement.
Nevertheless, if you take the effort to investigate Celtic history and culture you will definitely come to the conclusion that the Celts made a spectacular contribution to the development of the world civilization and culture.