Rock Sanctuaries of Mountain Thrace
By Ivan Christov
159 pages, Illustrated, 8 1/2" x 11 3/4"
This book is a summary of the analysis of written and archeological material about the sanctuaries in the mountain regions of Ancient Thrace from 1st Millenium B.C. Its purpose is to reveal the great variety of the rock sanctuaries and at the same time to describe the problems of their investigation. The specific explorer's tasks that have been dealt with in this research are connected with a review of the source material and the historiography of the cult places in Ancient Thrace. A significant moment in the book is the presentation of all the research aspects in the examination of three big groups of sanctuaries: megaliths, those situated beside peaks and rocks in the interior of Thrace, and the roadside megaliths. The architectural peculiarities of the sanctuaries, the areas of distribution and the ethnonymic picture in which they fit in the antiquity are shown in detail. The final chapter is a review of the problems of the cult continuity - the role which the preserved rock sanctuaries have played in the life of the Bulgarians during all these centuries. The ideas, suggested to the reader, are illustrated with a big catalogue of color and black-and-white photographs, maps and plans.
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