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Join Dragonfly Books with local Decorah author Philip Freeman as he talks about his new book Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes. Philip will share his stories, talk about Celtic culture, and sign books on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

Everyone today knows about the gods and heroes of the ancient Greeks, such as Zeus, Hera, and Hercules, but how many people have heard of the Gaulish god Lugus or the magical Welsh queen Rhiannon or the great Irish warrior Cú Chulainn? Yet those who have read the stories of Celtic myth and legend -- among them writers like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis -- have been deeply moved and influenced by these amazing tales.

In these stories a mysterious and invisible realm of gods and spirits exists alongside and sometimes crosses over into our own human world; fierce women warriors battle with kings and heroes, and even the rules of time and space can be suspended. Captured in vivid prose, Philip Freeman’s new collection brings these shadowy figures to life for the modern reader.

Philip Freeman graduated with a BA in Classics from the University of Texas and earned the first joint Ph.D. in Classics and Celtic Studies at Harvard University. He has been a college professor for twenty years teaching classical and Celtic mythology. He is the author of eighteen books and currently holds the Orlando W. Qualley Chair in Classics at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books with Philip Freeman on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 pm. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase one of Freeman’s books, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of the Dragonfly Books staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah, and is free and open to the public. To learn more about these and other events at Dragonfly Books, please visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
112 W Water Street
Decorah, IA 52101
Celtic Mythology: Tales of Gods, Goddesses, and Heroes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780190460471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 1st, 2017

Most people have heard of the Celts--the elusive, ancient tribal people who resided in present-day England, Ireland, Scotland and France. Paradoxically characterized as both barbaric and innocent, the Celts appeal to the modern world as a symbol of a bygone era, a world destroyed by the ambition of empire and the spread of Christianity throughout Western Europe.