eh, finding out that they were hella arbitrary with who they triple death'd was sorta an eye-opener. like...i adore the idea of horribly executing monarchs who fuck up(because seriously, monarchs need accountability, there's no oversight), but triple-death-ing a king because a drought wore on too much is a bit much. the celts are just really bloody in general, what with the whole headhunting thing and the human sacrifice(tho that's overstated, but a semi-common occurrence what with executions being classified as sacrifices to various gods). really that's my main sticking point with them, they're waaaaaaaay to willing to just kill people for whatever.
it's hard to romanticize people who are so arbitrarily violent, and that keeps my boo-ism in check. like, fuck modern sensibilities and whatever people want to put on to justify barbaric shit like actual dictatorships and actual rape culture(rapito and bridal kidnapping is fucked
and i don't think that it being a "cultural thing" for millenia excuses a hostage situation tbh, especially if it's nonconsensual), but murder is murder plain and simple. it's...i dunno, keeping in mind that people in the past were just as awful and shitty as people today, and that they could get away with whatever fucked up shit they did eaiser helps too. i mean, nostalgia blind people like to forget how easy it was for people to get away with all kinds of fucked up shit
back in the day. as much as i hate the police state at times, it's better than only casual protection from vaguely amoral thugs under the authority of an unelected dictator.