The Odrysian Kingdom of Thrace: Orpheus Unmasked

The Odrysian Kingdom of Thrace: Orpheus Unmasked

Hardback Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology

By (author) Z. H. Archibald

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  • Publisher: Clarendon Press
  • Format: Hardback | 394 pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 270mm x 30mm | 1,120g
  • Publication date: 9 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0198150474
  • ISBN 13: 9780198150473
  • Illustrations note: 24 pp plates, line figures, maps, tables

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Spectacular archaeological discoveries were made during the 1970s and 1980s in Bulgaria and North Aegean Greece which sparked international interest in the forgotten Odrysian kingdom of Thrace. Here, for the first time, these and earlier discoveries are presented in their archaeological and historical context. The Thracians were the fabulously wealthy and populous neighbours of the ancient Greeks, whose golden age began in the fifth century BC when an inter-tribal state was created by the ruling dynasty of the tribe - the Odrysians. A vogue in the Greek world for Orpheus the Thracian coincided with the period of the Odrysians's greatest prominence. Not only does this book analyse the fascinating cultural amalgam of native, Persian, and Greek elements by the Odrysian governing elite, it also provides new data on the external relations of Athens, Thasos, and Macedon in the classical and early Hellenistic periods.

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The gazetteer of archaeological sites is extremely useful for those who are unfamiliar with the region. One aspect of the book deserves a particular mention: it is full of maps and plans, and these provide almost as much important information as the text itself. Without doubt, the book is a great achievement for both the author and for Thracian studies as a whole. This is a book with nearly everything. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, North Pontic Archaeology: Recent Discoveries and Studies Most welcome is an essay on the problems of chronology and methodology, which have been experienced by all scholars studying the Balkan Early Iron Age Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, North Pontic Archaeology: Recent Discoveries and Studies This book has been long in preparation and the wait was worthwhile. Here is a book which covers virtually all aspects of the history and material culture of the Odrysian Kingdom. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, North Pontic Archaeology: Recent Discoveries and Studies Important book ... a fascinating tale of interaction and mutual acculturation between Greek and Thracian, which would have been impossible to glean from the literary evidence alone. Archibald's exemplary book is accessible to both the general reader and specialist. TLS