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  YouTube - My favourite Thracian Tomb & Gold treasure in Bulgaria
Bulgarians are steppe raiders from Volga, not thracians.
The thracians were much fewer than the Slavs but some of their traditions still remain.And there are loads of them not just the ones I mentioned.
Influenced by Bulgaria's Thracian, Ottoman and Byzantine history, their music is striking in its use of diaphonic singing and distinctive timbre, as well as its modal scales and dissonant harmonies (abundant second, seventh, and ninth intervals).
www.youtube.com /watch?v=DK9OdYvbL7o   (2004 words)

  Travel to Bulgaria :: Thracian tombs tours
Thracian rulers and members of the nobility were buried in monumental stone tombs, which also served as places for ritual ceremonies to honor the deceased ruler, with offerings of rich funeral gifts.
In the summer of 2004, archeologists have discovered a 2,500-year-old golden mask that was likely made for a Thracian monarch's funeral.
The rare artifact is made of 600 grams of solid gold and "is without paragon in archeology," according to Georgi Kitov and his team that unearthed the find near the village of Shipka, in the so-called Valley of Thracian Kings.
www.motoroads.com /bulgaria-thracian-tombs-vacations.html   (512 words)

  THRACIAN TRIBES - LANGUAGE - MYTHOLOGY   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Thracian language is a branch of the Indo-European linguistic trunk and, together with Phrygian and Armenian, is part of the Thraco-Phrygian family.
The myth of the Thracian king Tereas and the daughters of the Athenian king Pandion, Prokne and Philomela.
Typical traits of the Thracian character, as described in the ancient authors, were violence, irascibility, voracity, a passion for drinking, sloth and sensuality, as well as tremendous energy The proverbial sayings: Thracian pretext', `Thracian vows never hold', are indicative of the Thracians' untrustworthiness and unreliability.
alex.eled.duth.gr /Istoria/thrace_english/Thracee1_2.htm   (2769 words)

 Bulgaria's Thracian Heritage
The burial rites of the Thracians are an expression of their beliefs: the Solar cult, the cult of the Great Mother-Goddess, and the belief in immortality.
Along with the other objects produced by the Thracian toreutics, these collections are the only authentic monuments of the culture of this people believed until recently to have had no writing system, but whose heritage may prove to be of much greater weight than assumed to date.
The Thracians were eventually expelled or absorbed by Greek, Persian, and Roman colonies, but traces of their culture remain in their monuments devoted to horse worship and in the mummer (Bulgarian: kuker) tradition that still survives in southwestern Bulgaria.
www.omda.bg /engl/HISTORY/bulgarias_thracian_heritage.htm   (1735 words)

 The Thracian Tomb in Kazanluk
Thirty-four Thracian tombs have so far been discovered in Bulgaria and all of them have pre-classical vaults (false vaults) made during the period 5 th - 3 rd Century B.C. The plans of this type of tomb were varied.
In any case, Thracian tomb architecture with its forms, structure and details is first and foremost related to the religious beliefs and ideology of Thracian society.
It consists of the three chambers required by the Thracian cult of the dead: an antechamber for the chariot, horses or slaves which accompanied the dead man in after-life; a corridor (or dromos), which was a small room for the things needed in after-life; and a burial chamber for the body itself.
www.digsys.bg /books/cultural_heritage/thracian/architecture.html   (1493 words)

 thracian - IceRocket Tag
Silent Stones is one of the biggest Thracian cult burial complexes in the Eastern Rhodopes.
The Thracians were the indigenous population predominantly of the mainland of the Balkan Peninsula, whereas the seafaring Greeks with their fast ships had the o...
Thracian treasures have long evoked the admiration of the entire world, and they have been displayed in a number of exhibitions all over the world.
www.icerocket.com /tag/thracian   (757 words)

 Thracian Art Archaeological Museum Plovdiv
The ethnoname “Thracians” denotes the multi-composite and multitudinous population that inhabited the territory up to the Carpathians on the north, reaching the Black Sea on the east, up to the Vardar river on the west and down to the Aegean Sea on the south (map).
The representatives of the Thracian aristocracy were buried in huge mounds or stone sepulchres, of various layout, architecture and interior (Image).
The treasure used to be the possession of an unknown Thracian ruler of the Odryssian tribe who reigned at the end of IV c.
archaeologicalmuseumplovdiv.org /_en/?id=collection&prm=thracian   (602 words)

 The Thracian Tomb-Temple at Starosel
To the south it is crossed by a parade staircase flanked by two smaller staircases, climbing to an 11-yard roofless doorway with 5.5-yard high walls leading to the facade.
Among the grave goods of a Thracian aristocrat in the second necropolis were 5 silver horse appliqués (around 5 cm wide and 4 cm high) depicting griffins.
Bulgaria Uncovers Largest Ancient Thracian Temple SOFIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A team of Bulgarian archaeologists has unearthed a Thracian sanctuary, believed to be the largest yet found in the area of the Balkan peninsula inhabited by ancient Thracians, state news agency BTA said on Saturday.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Aegean/9659   (960 words)

 Thracian Treasure
The ancient Thracian civilization left us a huge heritage of gold artifacts and beautiful images, astounding the world with their perfection.
Her maternal voice and reviving energy inspired the creation in poetry and lines a new Thracian treasure, which cannot be displayed in museums or touched by humans’ hands.
It was born in the light of the plentiful Thracian sun, waking in words and images a new syncretism of a creative harmony – a dialogue between a poet and an artist.
www.thracian-treasure.com   (284 words)

 I/48 Thracians (700 BC - 46 AD)
Thracians were also famed for their cavalary, as they had exceptionally fine horses, and employed the advanced light horse tactics of the Skythians.
Thracian men traditionally wore their hair in top-knots, and their pointed "alokepsis" hat was designed around this practice, as was the "Thracian" helmet pattern later popular throughout the ancient world.
Since the Thracians tended to build their walled cities and fortresses on the tops of hills, it seems natural to make any BUA be on top of one of the steep hills.
www.fanaticus.org /DBA/armies/I48.html   (1126 words)

 Thracian tombs tour in Bulgaria
Back in time, the Thracians inhabited Bulgarian lands (as far back as the latter half of the 2nd millennium BC).
The scenes of funeral procession, the musicians, the Thracian ruler and his wife, the chariots, the horses and other depictions are all very interesting.
The Shipka Tombs are seven in total on an area of central Bulgaria considered to have been the Valley of the Thracian Kings.
www.bgtravel.com /vacation-thracian-tombs-bulgaria.asp   (593 words)

 Bulgaria - Thracian Tomb Kazanlak
Directly west of Sofia, in Kazanlak close to the Shipka Pass, is found The Thracian Tomb, a site of a late fourth- or early third-century BC burial chamber, unearthed by chance in 1946 during the construction of an air-raid post.
They were erected by a society that obviously thought it important to honour the illustrious dead with the construction of a fitting tomb, and that may have practised a form of ancestor-worship which involved the deification of tribal kings and chieftains.
According to Herodotus, deceased Thracian nobles were laid out for three days before a funeral feast of "various sacrificial animals" which followed a short period of wailing and mourning.
worldheritage.heindorffhus.dk /frame-BulgariaKazanlak.htm   (932 words)

 READING ROOM: Decoding Thracian history: The symbols of a primitive people - Life news
While the Thracian drawings are much less developed than Egyptian hieroglyphics, there is no stretch of the imagination needed to see the obvious similarity between them.
In light of compelling similarities between the hieroglyphics and the Thracian symbols, Guide further claims that the Egyptian civilization, which is known to have developed not in Egypt, but in an “unidentified region to the north” actually created their hieroglyphic system from this archaic Thracian script.
If the Thracians did have their own written form of communication, this shifts the established boundaries of the “pre-historic” era to at least a couple of millennia earlier in the linear time: Prehistoric becomes historic.
www.sofiaecho.com /article/reading-room-decoding-thracian-history-the-symbols-of-a-primitive-people/id_15359/catid_70   (1343 words)

  Bulgaria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the late 7th century a branch of the Bulgars led by Khan Asparuh migrated into the northern Balkans, where they merged with the local Slavic population and possibly remnants of the Thracian population to form the first Bulgarian state in AD 681.
The Bulgarian Tzardom was a significant European power in the 9th and the 10th century, while fighting with the Byzantine Empire for the control of the Balkans.
A number of ancient civilizations, most notably the Thracians, Greeks, Romans and Bulgars have left their mark on the culture, history and heritage of Bulgaria.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bulgaria   (3368 words)

 Thracian Chersonese
In the 4th century BC, the Thracian Chersonese became the focus of a bitter territorial dispute between Athens and Macedon, whose king Philip II sought possession.
This alarmed the Greeks and prompted them to seek the aid of the Romans, who conquered the Thracian Chersonese, which they gave to their ally Eumenes II of Pergamon in 188 BC.
The Thracian Chersonese subsequently passed to the Byzantine Empire, which ruled it until the rise of the Ottoman Empire in the 14th century AD.
www.mlahanas.de /Greeks/Cities/ThracianChersonese.html   (606 words)

 Stone Pages Archaeo News: Thracian treasure discovered in Bulgaria
Archaeologists have unearthed 2,400-year-old treasure in a Thracian tomb in eastern Bulgaria.
Thousands of Thracian mounds are spread throughout Bulgaria, and archaeological finds suggest that the Thracians established a powerful kingdom in the 5th century BCE.
Last year, another archaeological expedition discovered two vast Thracian tombs in the Kazanlak region, prompting archaeologists to name it "the Valley of Thracian Kings" in reference to the Valley of Kings near Luxor, Egypt, home to the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs.
www.stonepages.com /news/archives/001404.html   (501 words)

 The Thracian treasures return - Life news
The core of the Thracian ethno-cultural community was situated in the lands between the Carpathian Mountains and the Aegean Sea.
Although the Thracian dynasties remained anonymous in the mid 2nd millennium, the popular image of the Thracian ruler will always be connected with the beautiful gold set of the Vulchitrun Treasure (northern Bulgaria, the third treasure in the Varna Exhibition).
The various Thracian kingdoms of the 4th century BCE are presented with the next four treasures to be shown in Varna, those of Panagurishte, Borovo, Zlatinitsa-Malovirovo and Rogozen.
www.sofiaecho.com /article/the-thracian-treasures-return/id_14672/catid_70   (1261 words)

 Bulgarian history on stamps - the Thracians (2)
Thracian gold treasure of the town of Panagyurishte
Thracian silver treasure of the village of Rogozen
The biggest Thracian silver treasure (some of the vessels are gilt)
stamps.dir.bg /history/thracians2.htm   (165 words)

Experts believe that they will shed light on a period when Thracian civilization -- which began around the beginning of the first millennium BC -- was at its peak in the fourth and fifth centuries BC, the time from which the newly discovered sites date.
The former Thracian civilization was bounded to the north by the Danube, to the east by the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara and to the south by the Aegean Sea.
Often disunited by quarrels among rival kings, the Thracians were nonetheless renowned as excellent fighters and valued by the Romans as mercenaries.
www.rferl.org /features/2000/12/04122000095328.asp   (1017 words)

 Thracian | English | Dictionary & Translation by Babylon
Thracians may also refer to modern inhabitants of Thrace regardless of ethnicity; see Thrace.
Thracians in an ethnic sense refers to various ancient peoples who spoke Dacian and Thracian, a scarcely attested branch of the Indo-European language family.
The Thracian tribes to the south, neighbouring the Ancient Greeks, determined the latter to name a so called Thrace region (now divided between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey).
www.babylon.com /definition/Thracian   (164 words)

 Athena Review 1,4: Thracian Treasures
Although the Thracians were mentioned by many classical sources including the Histories of Herodotus (445-440 BC) and the Anabasis of Xenophon (401-399 BC), they remained relatively obscure until the early twentieth century, with most Thracian art objects assigned to the Scythian culture.
Most Thracian gold and silver items in the exhibit were manufactured between the 5th and 3rd century BC, the period of greatest economic, political and cultural expansion of Thrace under the Odrysian kingdom in the Balkan Peninsula, with Kotys I (386-359 BC), rivalling king Philip II of Macedon in the first years of his reign.
Four of the vessels are inscribed in Greek, saying they were given to the Thracian king Kotys I by inhabitants of the town of Beos in southeastern Thrace.
www.athenapub.com /thrace1.htm   (1515 words)

 The Thracian tomb in Kazanluk   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There, 40 years ago, in the town of Kazanluk a small Thracian Tomb was found, with murals which are of exceptional interest in the world's cultural heritage.
Their way of life and knowledge were based on the conditions and prerequisites established by their predecessors.
Monumental works of Thracian architecture have been found in Seuthopolis: the palace-temple, with interiors decorated with murals and the temples of Dionysius and the Great Thracian Gods.
www.digsys.bg /books/cultural_heritage/thracian/thracian-intro.html   (305 words)

 Thracian language - 4c
For example, Apsinthioi - a tribe, inhabiting the region to the north of the Thracian Chersones (Galipoli) is a derivative from Apsinthos, Apsynthos, a frontier river and the main settlement of the Apsinthioi.
As the second name Odrysa (-ia) appeared later, I am inclined to think it was given by the Greeks to the town of Uscudama, after the latter established itself as a main centre of the Odrisi.
The tribal name Odrysai itself is a totem name, derived from the Thracian word for the otter: it must have sounded as *Udrusai (with dr instead of tr) from the IE *udr-us-oi, compare with the Old-Ind. udrá-h ‘water animal’, the Avest.
members.tripod.com /~Groznijat/thrac/thrac_4c.html   (702 words)

 Thracian Deities
In classical time, the Thracians were renown for their light infantry and their light cavalry, serving in Greek armies as mercenaries, and was especially valuable to Alexander the Great.
Bendis was often identified with the huntress goddess, Artemis and the moon goddess, Hecate.
The geographer Strabo described the Kotytian sacred rite having the same Thracian and Phrygian element as that of Bacchic revelry, similar to Bendideian rites.
www.timelessmyths.com /classical/thracian.html   (473 words)

A Thracian dagger made of an alloy of gold and platinum, sharp, and in perfect condition, was found in a tomb near the village of Dubovo.
An important moment for a substantial research of the history, culture and the urban development of the Thracian tribes during the early Hellenic period are the salvage excavations, undertaken because of the building of "Koprinca" dam.
During the IV century BC, Phillip II of Macedonia conquered the lands of the Thracians.
www.youtube.com /?v=U64qEy0u5IA   (1898 words)

 Ancient Thracian Treasure Unearthed In Bulgaria
What may have been a Thracian king's body was laid in a huge wood-panelled pit together with two horses and a dog.
The Thracians lived in what is now Bulgaria and parts of modern Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Turkey.
According to a hypothesis, the newly discovered tomb could have been that of the Thracian governor Seutus, who declared himself king and used Greek mercenaries to oppress local Thracian tribes.
www.rense.com /general67/Drm.htm   (279 words)

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