EMPIRE AND POLIS IN THRACE, HELLAS AND ROME (in the Context of the States from the Eastern Mediterranean in the 6th/5th century BC – 1st/2nd Century AD) Cover Image
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ИМПЕРИЯ И ПОЛИС В ТРАКИЯ, ЕЛАДА И РИМ (в контекста на държавите от Източното Средиземноморие (VІ/V в. пр.Хр. – І/ІІ в.сл.Хр.)
EMPIRE AND POLIS IN THRACE, HELLAS AND ROME (in the Context of the States from the Eastern Mediterranean in the 6th/5th century BC – 1st/2nd Century AD)

Author(s): Kalin Porozhanov
Subject(s): History, Cultural history, Diplomatic history, Economic history, History of ideas, Political history, Social history, Ancient World
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: During the centuries of pre-Hellenism (mid-6th century BC until the ’thirties of the 4th century BC), the two most important characteristics of the period developed, namely those of polis and of empire. Both state forms – polis and ethnos – tried to act as empires. The picture of Thracian society in Southeastern Europe during the period of Hellenism (the ’thirties of the 4th century BC until 27 BC) and post-Hellenism (late 1st century BC – end of 2nd century AD) was different compared to known pictures in Macedonia and Hellas. The main difference consists in the fact that in Thrace – in addition to the monarchic early class empires like the kingdoms of the Odrysae and of the Getae – there were many more ethnic communities (of the Bessi, Dardanioi, Maidoi, etc.), who tried to be an integral part of the historical period by constantly trying to become early class monarchic empires. The transition of Thrace from Antiquity to Middle Ages was facilitated because despite the existence of free people and slaves, the prevalent part of its population had various forms of dependences. The transformation of society occurred in the 4th and 5th centuries, when free men and slaves became dependent and that marked the end of the history of ancient Thrace as a part of the history of the Old World.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 11-25
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Bulgarian