'Thracology' and the manipulation of Bulgarian history

Dec 2011
I looked again an old Greek article (1930's) about the ancient Thrace. The author seems to be aware of the archeological finds and theories of his time . It says that around 3rd c. BC the Celts established the kingtom of Thule but after 66 years of dominance around the "Tonzo" (river?) they were forced by the Thracians to evacuate the area. They crossed the Hellespontos and settled in the known Galateia in Asia Minor. He mentions their last king Kavaros and the hellenic coins. The St. Pauls epistle to the Galateians in Greek language shows also their hellenization. But they could have used a translator as well. :) . The hellenization of Thrace is more obvious after the 2nd and 3rd c. AD. A special "thrako-hellenic" civilization existed till 7th c. AD which gradually declined. Remainings of the "Thrako-hellenic" communities survived till the 20th century, but this is another story.
Interesting topic, and I might look for more Greek articles on that.
The setting up of the Tyle kingdom in eastern Thrace, and the Scordisci federation in w. Thrace, happened simultaneously with the establishment of the other Celtic state of Galatia in Asia-Minor - all part of the same migration. As u correctly say the Hellenized Celtic state in todays eastern Bulgaria collapsed at the end of the 3rd c. BC at the time of Cavaros. However, the Celtic 'Scordisci' resisted the Romans from 156 to 16 BC and and there is extensive evidence of a Celtic (Thraco-Celtic) presence in various parts of Thrace into the Roman period.


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