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Александър Фол – Създателят. Една епоха в тракологията
Alexander Fol – the Creator. An Era in Thracology

Author(s): Irina Shopova
Subject(s): History, Archaeology, Cultural history, History of ideas, Local History / Microhistory, Social history, Ancient World, Recent History (1900 till today), Post-War period (1950 - 1989), Transformation Period (1990 - 2010)
Published by: Институт за балканистика с Център по тракология - Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Prof. Alexander Fol; Bulgarian School of Thracology; the Institute of Thracology; the National History Museum; the National School of Ancient Languages and Cultures; the Bulgarian Cultural House in Vi

Summary/Abstract: The article traces the life and creative path of Professor Alexander Fol, the founder of the Bulgarian School of Thracology. Professor Fol is the author of more than 400 specialised publications: books, including 16 monographs, studies and articles published in Bulgarian and foreign languages in Bulgaria and abroad, as well as dozens of popular academic studies, articles and textbooks. He dedicated nearly 50 years to the study of all aspects and problem circles of the history of ancient Southeastern Europe, pointing out the way in which the history of Ancient Thrace and the Thracians must be studied and written as part of the history of the Antiquity of Europe, Africa and Asia. Professor Fol created both the theoretical and the institutional frameworks of Bulgarian Thracology. By postulating the principle of interdisciplinary research as the basis of Thracian studies, he created the concept of the Institute of Thracology, which united the efforts of a team of researchers specialising in various fields of Thracology. Along with the establishment and development of the Institute, Professor Fol, together with Prof. Mihailov, Prof. Velkov and Prof. Venedikov, initiated the exhibition Thracian Treasures, which gave an impetus to the development of Thracian studies abroad. The exhibition has visited the largest museums around the world, organised under the academic guidance of Prof. Alexander Fol from 1974 to 2005. Professor Fol was the initiator for the launching of the National Museum of History in Sofia (1979), founder and Chairman of the Society for Ancient History and Thracology (1979–1987), initiator of the creation of the research institute at the Bulgarian Cultural House in Vienna. Alexander Fol’s creative work was also aimed at introducing Thracology as a fundamental discipline in the curriculum of universities in Bulgaria. In 1977 he initiated the establishing of the National School of Ancient Languages and Cultures in Sofia. Professor Fol developed the methodology, specified the academic concept, expanded the chronological boundaries and geographic diaspora of research on Thracian antiquity, and taught us that intellectual energy was immortal. He bequeathed to us his story of the Thracians, expecting each of us to write his/her own story.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 24
  • Page Range: 119-127
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English, Bulgarian