Ethnic Origins of Scythians Aug 2, 2010 19:34:27 GMT 3
Post by jamyangnorbu on Aug 2, 2010 19:34:27 GMT 3
Your contention rests on a couple of highly questionable assumptions.
1) Being a Scytho-Sarmatian, or member of any other culture, is based on genetics.
2) That the genetic makeup of modern Bulgaria is identical to the genetic makeup of Thrace as recorded in ancient Greek sources.
#1 is pretty shaky if one considers the importance of language in forming a sense of cultural identity. A modern speaker of the slavic Bulgarian language would not be able to speak to an ancient Scythian (whether one believe their language to be Iranic, or proto-Turkic) in Bulgarian. If people can't communicate with each other through speech, there isn't much chance of a collective sense of culture forming.
With that in mind, one needs to explain how the modern population of Bulgaria came to be speakers of a slavic language, instead of an Iranic or proto-Turkic langauge. Which brings us to the second assumption.
During the periods between the ancient Greek reports of the Thracians and the present, there were many cultural interactions, and changes of regional power that had an effect on the genetic makeup of the regions. There were the hybrid Thracian-Celts, the Romans, the Greeks, the South Slavs, the Bulgars, the Ottomans, not to mention other steppe tribes. Even if the genetic mix occurred only
with small groups of 'warrior elites', it still has had some impact on the makeup of the region.