Archeological Finds in Bulgaria Create a Stir

Society | December 4, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

The Roman road that Bulgarian archeologists discovered in the Rhodopes Mountains is showing more signs to lead, even literally, to a world-big discovery. The legendary Dionysus temple of ancient Thracians that have drawn even Alexander the Great of Macedonia with its splendor is about to traced. Archeologists have sought for its exact location for decades but no one has ever been closer to it than the excavating team from Bulgaria's second city - Plovdiv. The Roman road they came across in the vicinity of mountain town Peshtera is yielding striking evidence that the temple is just a step away. Four ancient fortresses guarded this thoroughfare, three road stations were discovered to have serviced as ancient motels, prolific finds of Thracian ceramics used by the cult of Dionysus - all these looks as the ancient road that used to connect Phillipopolis, the city of Phillip the Macedonian (now Plovdiv) with Peloponnesia. According to the archaeologists, the ceramics is of special interest as it is embellished with scenes that show animals voluntarily going to the altar of sacrifice. Such ceramics was used only in the sanctuaries of Dionysus - the God of Wine. The archaeologists also discovered the head of a marble statue picturing Roman empress Paula. This find speaks that the Rhodopes region has played much more significant part in ancient history that historians have thought till now.

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