By Julia Valeva, Emil Nankov, Denver Graninger
A better half to historical Thrace offers a chain of essays that demonstrate the newly well-known complexity of the social and cultural phenomena of the peoples inhabiting the Balkan outer edge of the Classical world.
• contains a wealthy and specified evaluation of Thracian historical past from the Early Iron Age to past due Antiquity
• contains contributions from prime students within the archaeology, artwork background, and normal heritage of Thrace
• Balances attention of fabric facts when it comes to old Thrace with extra conventional literary sources
• Integrates a learn of Thrace inside a large context that incorporates the cultures of the japanese Mediterranean, southwest Asia, and southeast Europe/Eurasia
• displays the influence of recent theoretical ways to economic system, ethnicity, and cross-cultural interplay and hybridity in historic Thrace
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Via the Drama plain and from the lower Strymon via the Serres plain appear to have joined at Koprivlen and continued north (Delev and Popov 2002). While both agriculture and metal-working seem to have been staples of the local economy in the Early Iron Age, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that the settlement, as Popov notes, was “a trade center and transport hub with mediating and controlling functions,” the prominence of which may anticipate in some measure the later and better attested settlement at Adzhiyska Vodenitsa/“Pistiros” (see Chapter 9).
If the Pistiros mentioned in the inscription can be identified with the Classical and early Hellenistic settlement at Adzhiyska Vodenitsa near the inscription’s findspot, then the inscription may furnish additional powerful evidence for regular, overland trade in Classical Thrace on roads. The apparent reference to goods arriving by wagon (according to a widely accepted restoration in ll. 25–26) may lend further support to this interpretation (cf. Hatzopoulos 2013, 17–19). 5 Imaginary Thrace10 The impact of physical geography on settlement life and networks of communication and exchange selectively addressed above may obscure the impact of this geography – and, often enough, the imagined inhabitants of those lands – on (non-Thracian) written sources.
War culture appears in the case of the Getae and other tribes bordering on the Scythians, who share the Scythians’ talents as mounted archers. Physical geography, political status, and traditional methods of combat thus present the rudiments of an ethnos taxonomy in Thucydides. In the case of two of these criteria, geography and war, it becomes possible to bring material evidence into the conversation. The number of recorded finds of ancient weapons from Thrace is ever increasing and there is strong regional variation at certain periods (see Chapter 28).