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THE GREEKS IN ANCIENT THRACE

During the 8th- 6th c. B.C. the Ancient Greeks, who settled along the Aegean and the Black Sea coast, founded big towns. Along the Black Sea coast grew the towns of Apollonia (today's Sozopol), Mesemvria (today's Nessebar), Odessos (today's Varna), Dionisopol (today's Balchik) and others. There the Greeks built fortifications, castles, baths, ports, artisan shops, open theatres, schools and residential quarters. Sculpturing developed in the Greek towns on the Black Sea. In Mesembria there was a workshop, which, in the 3rd c. B.C., produced reliefs of all sorts.

The Thracians acquired some of the achievements of Greek craftsmanship. From Greece they imported weapons, ceramic vessels, clothes, various objects of everyday life and luxury pieces. Greek mythology also spread among the Thracians. They used Greek writing, which contributed to their affiliation to Ancient Greek civilization. The Greeks, on their part, adopted some of the Thracian gods.

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