Book 1, Chapter 2, Pre 55 BC – The Early Britons – Continued
The chief information concerning the state of the country and the habits of the people is only to be derived from the extant writings of Julius Caesar, Tacitus, Plutarch, Strabo, and Diodorus Siculus. Their accounts must be received with caution, many statements being only given on hearsay testimony. Caesar himself was not long enough in the island, nor did he traverse it sufficiently, to be able to furnish all the information that is to be desired, in estimating the character, habits, and attainments of the people. Whether his description is fair and impartial, or whether he has suppressed and perverted facts, are points upon which diversity of opinion exists, but which it seems impossible to determine, upon present evidence. It must also be borne in mind that the inhabitants of the southern portion of Britain differed materially in their degree of civilization, and in their usages, from those of the northern parts, so that in attempting a general description, there are details which will be more or less applicable to different sections of the country.
Chapter 2, The Early Britons
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