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"The bards read the sacred books."

Translation:Vates libros sacros legunt.

August 31, 2019



These seem like soothsayers, rather than bards.


Agree. Soothsayers is a better definition.


A bard strictly speaking is a poet. In the context of Rome, bards would be a foreign Gaulish and Brythonic (or 'Celtic') phenomenon. Moreover, ancient bards did not read, valuing the power of memory. '


It is often said that Gaulish couldn't read. (but I don't know to what extend it is true as the Gaulish alphabet did exist)
Bards are about oral traditions, like druids.

Some Gaulish here: http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t7315.htm

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