Some time ago I read in a few second hand articles, that Celtic druids went to Greece to teach and study. I don't remember the sources and I couldn't find the sources on a Google search.

Are there any trustworthy sources that would support this? Alternatively, are there any sources of other traveling scholars in ancient times?


I don't know of any source that discusses Druids coming to Greece to teach and learn, however, there certainly were plenty of opportunities for Greek and Celtic teachers to interact. For example, the Greek settlement of Marseille in southern Gaul was founded around 600BC and the famous Roquepertuse temple site just north of the town is thought to show Greek influence in its stone-masonry.

Through this link, many writers have speculated on the possibility of Greek influence on Gaulish religious beliefs (Which I imagine is probably what you've read), especially Pythagorean ideas considering Diodorus Siculus wrote in his Histories, V, 28, 6

The Pythagorean doctrine prevails among them (the Gauls), teaching that the souls of men are immortal and live again for a fixed number of years inhabited in another body.

Other than that there was significant Greek trade in the Western Mediterranean (The Cambridge Ancient History), the 4th and 3rd century BC penetration of the Balkan Peninsula (Cunliffe, Barry (1997). The Ancient Celts. Oxford: Oxford University Press pp. 80–81), and the colonisation of Galatia by the Tectosages, the Trocmii, and the Tolistobogii immediately after(Strobel, Karl (2013). "Central Anatolia". The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Archaeology.) All plenty of opportunity for Greek and Celtic philosophers to mingle.

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  • The other thing about Roquepertuse, like Entremont, is that some of the seated statues are wearing Greek style armour. The Pythogorean doctrine is likely earlier than the Greeks and goes back to a more common Indo-European source as such exists in Hindu religion too just like the Celtic Calendar has parallels with Hindu calendars. – Daniel Jul 12 '18 at 12:08

Druids another word for Dryides. Dryides were nymphs of the forests and more specifically forests of drys (δρείς= oak trees), Ancient Minoans and later other Greek people settled in Pretanni now Britain and Ierni now Ireland as early as 2.800B.C. They built all those stone structures such as Stonehedge etc and left hundreds of dolmens as signs of their presence there. Druids used linear writing, thst is ancient Greek writing. Their gods were the same as those in Greece and their customs very similar.

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    Do you have any professional research to support this theory? I was under the impression that the earliest developments of Stonehenge date back to 8000BC, long before you claim these Minoans and Greeks arrived. I also thought that one of the reasons for the mystery around the druids was that they didn't leave any written records of themselves. – KillingTime Dec 22 '18 at 20:03

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