Thracians

The Thracian peltast

The peltast was a lightly-equipped Thracian warrior named after his shield (the “pelta”). The shield had a moon crescent shape, was made of wicker and covered with goat or sheepskin. The peltasts wore light tunics and fox hats.

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The Thracian who defied the gods

During a thunderstorm, the Thracians used to go out in the open and fire arrows at the sky. With this behaviour, they believed they showed the god Zeus (among the Thracians also called Sbeldturdos or Gebeleizis) that they were not afraid of him and that they were the sole masters of their own lives and destinies.

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The Thracians, as old as the hills

The Thracians, as old as the hills

The emergence of the Thracian ethno-cultural community dates back to the Middle and Late Bronze Age. It is determined by the achievements and specific occurrences in the field of mythology, architecture, sculpture, painting, lifestyle and artistic crafts.

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Thracian bread

The Thracians prepared several types of bread - with leaven, with herbs or unleavened. The yeast was made from flour and grape juice. The fermenting and kneading process is slow, but the baked breads were large and delicious.

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