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Old October 25th, 2010, 06:54 AM   #1

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Cultural ties between Korea, Thracia, Bulgaria and Eastern Rome


Cultural ties between Korea, Thracia, Bulgaria and Eastern Rome
A Korean documentary - 7 parts

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The film is searching for the origin of a gold dagger found in Korea. As it contained parts that were not specific to the Korean culture, the scientists started looking elsewhere.
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Old October 25th, 2010, 08:15 AM   #2

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I've just started reading up on the Byzantine Empire and I know absolutely nothing (sorry) about Korea. I would "assume" if I may be allowed that the Byzantine Empire probably traded with China if not Korea; objects could them be exchanged in trade between China and Korea. I don't think a cultural relationship needed to exist between these four areas; maybe they just copied objects they traded for and liked. I think it would be hard to see any cultural relationship over a single dagger. Should be interesting, however, to see if they come up with anything concrete to suggest such a relationship.
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The historical region of Thrace is in today's Bulgaria. Today's Bulgaria used to be a part of the Eastern Roman Empire. The Bulgars, who came to today's Bulgaria were an Asiatic tribe (probably Mongolians). Mongolians and Koreans live close to each other. I think that could be it. Or it could be as simple as trading between the Byzantine Empire and China.
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I've never read anything about the Byzantime Empire in Korean history. The dagger must have come along the silk route and ended up in Korea. Afterall, Korea was part of the mongolian empire which bordered on Bulgaria.
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Except the dagger, the film says there are also three similar crowns (made of gold leaves) found in Korea, Central Asia and Bulgaria.

There is a theory that some of the Thracians had migrated to Central Asia where they found the Bactrian kingdom/Kingdom of Balhara. It is possible that the connection is made at that intermediate location and not directly from Korea to the Balkans.


The Mongolian empire bordered Bulgaria much much later - in the 13th century AD. The Korean dagger is dated 3rd-4th c AD.
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Except the dagger, the film says there are also three similar crowns (made of gold leaves) found in Korea, Central Asia and Bulgaria.

There is a theory that some of the Thracians had migrated to Central Asia where they found the Bactrian kingdom/Kingdom of Balhara. It is possible that the connection is made at that intermediate location and not directly from Korea to the Balkans.


The Mongolian empire bordered Bulgaria much much later - in the 13th century AD. The Korean dagger is dated 3rd-4th c AD.
Sorry I didn't watch the movie. If it was 4th to 5th Century than that was the three kingdoms period of Korean history. China was still fractured.
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I do not see much evidence here... Byzantium and Korea are too distant in every aspect you look at....
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What about the distances Balkans - Central Asia and Central Asia - Korea? Are they too big, as well?
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I do not see much evidence here... Byzantium and Korea are too distant in every aspect you look at....
The so called Silk Road:
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Trade does not equal cultural ties though. I am aware of the Silk Road...
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