STUDYING THE NUMISMATIC SOURCES ON THE ODRYSIAN KINGDOM IN THRACE (5TH MID-4TH CENTURY BC): CLASSIFICATION, METHODOLOGY AND MAIN RESULTS Cover Image
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STUDYING THE NUMISMATIC SOURCES ON THE ODRYSIAN KINGDOM IN THRACE (5TH MID-4TH CENTURY BC): CLASSIFICATION, METHODOLOGY AND MAIN RESULTS
STUDYING THE NUMISMATIC SOURCES ON THE ODRYSIAN KINGDOM IN THRACE (5TH MID-4TH CENTURY BC): CLASSIFICATION, METHODOLOGY AND MAIN RESULTS

Author(s): Kamen D. Dimitrov
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Cultural history, Ethnohistory, Military history, Political history, Ancient World
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: From the 5th century BC until the Macedonian conquest in 341/340 BC the Odrysian Kingdom was the largest and the mightiest multi-tribal state in Thrace, extending from Abdera to the mouth of Istros (Thuc. 2, 96, 1–4; 97, 1–2; Diod. 12, 50, 1). The land provides abundant coin finds of different origin and art. Several other dynasts are known (by coin evidence only) to have ruled in Southern Thrace during the period of Odrysian supremacy in the area. Although their connections (dynastic or other) to the Odrysian court are still obscure due to the total lack of written data, their issues fit in the numismatic history of Southern Thrace during the relevant period. These few words of introduction, I hope, would be enough to challenge some interest in the present study, which is intended to fill up to some extent the blank fields in the modern understanding of ancient Thrace, left by the scarcity and controversies of the texts.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 22
  • Page Range: 241-251
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English