Discover the Mysterious World of the Thracians
"Bulgaria is situated in the southeast part of Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. Here is the cradle of one of the most enigmatic and brilliant civilizations - that of the Thracians. A mystical people with magical culture, which combines the vitality of wine with the cult of afterlife and the immortality of the human soul. The Thracian god Orpheus is known in the pantheon of many other peoples. The Thracians are co-creators of the great Mycenaean culture, celebrated in Homer's Iliad, and partners of the ancient Greeks at the creation of the world of Antiquity.
The Kazanlak Valley, situated at the heart of Bulgaria, is one of the regions with most numerous and most significant signs of the grandeur of the Thracian civilization. The first big discovery here has been made in
1944 - the Kazanlak Tomb. The frescoes of this tomb are part of the world heritage list of UNESCO. As a result of methodical archaeological works during the second half of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st centuries, tens of Thracian tombs and sanctuaries have been studied in the region around Kazanlak, as well as the ancient capital of Seuthes III - Seuthopolis. A new and incredible world has been rediscovered for all of humanity. The findings continue to amaze us today with their intricacy, complexity of detail and depth of imagery. The Kazanlak area, so far famous only as the Valley of Roses, has now gained new fame - the Valley of the Thracian Rulers. People from all over the world pour in to touch a whole universe of incredible legends, mystery and exquisiteness."
Agriculture, Crafts and Trade
The Odryssian Kingdom
Thrace during the Hellenistic Age
The Thracian Towns: Seuthopolis
The Lifestyle of the Eminent Thracians
The Thracian Warriors
Thrace until the End of Antiquity
The Thracian Culture
The Thracian Heritage
Radostina Ivanova Karaslavova - author
Victor Verter Paunov - illustrations and layout
Velina Milcheva Pendolovska - translator