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There’s more information out there from ancient times if you dig deep and look at the archaeological record, albeit not copious amounts. The Romans and the Greeks were not always so negatively disposed towards the druids as people often say they were, although there is indeed plenty of negative stuff too. I think we should be careful of discounting the evidence provided by the Romans out of hand, after all the only evidence we have druid use of mistletoe is thanks to the Roman writer Pliny the Elder and yet it would now seem unthinkable to many not to consider mistletoe as somehow important to druidism, despite it not featuring much at all in the literature and being seemingly far more important in Germanic folklore and myth. I suppose it does put us in an historical dilemma, do we only believe the Romans when it’s positive and not negative, do we discount everything that they say or do we take it with a healthy pinch of salt, but consider the possibility all the same? As an aside – botanically speaking – mistletoe is quite a nasty plant from a tree’s point of view.