Star of Ancient Sozopol 'Possibly Served as Model for Macedonia's Coat of Arms'

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Bulgaria: Star of Ancient Sozopol 'Possibly Served as Model for Macedonia's Coat of Arms' The eight-ray star featured on the leaden bucranium, which was unearthed in the Bulgarian seaside town of Sozopol. Photo: National Historical Museum

Archaeological excavations in the Bulgarian seaside town of Sozopol on Sunday revealed an interesting find – a leaden bucranium with an eight-ray star, which possibly served as model for the coat of arms of Macedonia.

This was announced by the Director of the National Historical Museum (NIM) Bozhidar Dimitrov in a press release on Monday.

Bucrania are a special type of amulet in the shape of an ox skull, which emerged in the ancient Greek world (and from there passed to the Thracians) in V century B.C.

The amulet-bucranium from Apollonia Pontica as Sozopol was known back at the time can be dated back exactly to this era.

What distinguishes the newly found amulet in Sozopol is a solar symbol in the shape of an eight-ray star, which is placed on the forehead of the ox.

The star from Sozopol is suspiciously similar to the star, which is featured on the coat of arms and the flag of Macedonia.

Skopje claims that the star was a symbol of the ancient Macedonian state and was created and used for the first time by Philip II of Macedon in the second half of the IV century B.C and it was uncovered at his tomb in Vergina in northern Greece.

As matter of fact, the star from Vergina had more rays, but under Greek pressure, Macedonia limited them to eight.

The municipality of Sozopol, which is the successor of Apollonia Pontica, could protest as the star of Sozopol is a century older than the one of Philip II, which was apparently stolen by the ruler during his stay at Apollonia Pontica.

According to ancient historians, Philip II maintained very good relations with Apollonia and the city mediated in his negotiations with the Scythian King Ateas.

Dimitrov calls on the municipality of Sozopol to sue Macedonia over the illegitimate use of its ancient heritage and to prevent Skopje from using Bulgarian intellectual property free of charge.

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GrueFski - 16 Jun 2015 // 15:01:46

"Albanians, Bulgarians and Greeks have been working as seperate voices for too long on this issue."

Very true
Now is the time for Greek to recognize Kosovo's independence or blackmail Serbia for money.
The entire (Greek) Macedonia is Serb territory, according to Serb nationalists (and that's the vast majority of Serbs), Thessaloniki included.

Greek - 16 Jun 2015 // 00:35:08

Greeks did warn not to call them Macedonia but unfortunately at the time no one listened. Today Bulgarians (and Albanians) are also getting treated by Skopje exactly as they treat Greeks (i.e. stealing their history and using name Macedonia to promote irredentism against all our countries)

Albanians, Bulgarians and Greeks have been working as seperate voices for too long on this issue. The only way to stop Skopje is to speak as a united voice on the matter. It won't happen for as long as peopel continue to call former Yugoslavains "Macedonians" though. It is precisely that which gives polical power to VMRO regime. Stop calling them macedonians, then they would be forced to come to grips with their real history (mostly ethnic Bulgarians but due to Yugoslav communist propaganda had the Bulgarian element of their identity erased)

GrueFski - 15 Jun 2015 // 16:54:57

Therefore the name Northern Macedonia for F YROM is no good for Bulgaria since Pirin "Macedonia" is a portion of Northern "Macedonia" (eastern one to be more precise), it is NorthEastern "Macedonia"

GrueFski - 15 Jun 2015 // 16:53:08

Interestingly enough, the area around Edirne used to be called Macedonia at some time.
Sozopol is pretty close to Edirne so maybe it was included in that version of Macedonia (or maybe other parts of southeastern or southern Bulgaria).
Plus there is Pirin Macedonia, North-Eastern Macedonia (according to the non-Greeks' representation of what Macedonia is/means).
Therefore Bulgaria too has rights to the name "Macedonia", maybe more so than F YROM but no rights in comparison to Greece's since the initial Macedonia is almost totally a part of present-day Greeece (but also of ancient Greece -- the Greek Alexander the Great's empire -- and medieval -- Byzantine Greek-speaking Empire)

GrueFski - 15 Jun 2015 // 16:47:10

Ok, but at the time F YROMians limited the stars' number to 8, this Sozopol star had not yet been discovered.
Plus it appears to be a Greek thing, imitated, copied by Thracians.
Greece should be the one asking F YROM to reduce the number of stars to 6...

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