Dekebal (ca. 87–106 A.D.) – the last
Dacian king, who committed suicide
to avoid Roman captivity
Fifth final part of the
Proto-Slavic Tribes research
The subsections of Part Five
will be published as an electronic
edition on the Internet by chapters
as they become available.
The Proto-Slavic Tribes
This study offers an alternative view regarding two substantial issues of early Eastern European history:
1. The origin of Slavic peoples
2. The cultural-linguistic character and the historical destiny of Thracian ethnic groups.
The commonly accepted today main thesis, according to which the Slavic people originated from the Pre-Carpathian region, is commented on in the preamble. Thus the Slavic people were supposed to form as an entity during 2nd-1st millennium B.C. in the lands of nowadays Southern Poland and Northwestern Ukraine.
The author noted different variations of this thesis that developed in the 19th and the 20th centuries. Many different inconsistencies and controversies were spotted, especially when researchers used linguistic and archaeological data for explaining the stages of the ethno-genetic process of the Slavs in the Pre-Carpathian lands. The old thesis of the Balkan-Danubian origin of the Slavs that was widely spread in the Slavic countries historiographies between 12th and 19th centuries is also brought up.
One focus of the research is based on the text of the chronicle "Povest Vremennih Let" representing the exodus of the Slavs from the Danube region as result of the Roman conquest. This text is considered as an authentic and reliable historical source which brings to light the imposition of Roman rule over the Thracian lands: Moesia (15, A.D.), Thrace (45, A.D.) and Dacia (106, A.D.). Furthermore, this Roman conquest caused the migration of the Thracian population to the North – to the region between Baltic Sea and the Carpathian Mountains, to the East – to the region between the rivers Dnepr and Dnestr; and to the West – along the valley of the river Tisza. This migration happened in two stages:
1. At the beginning of the 1st century A.D. from the lands South of the Danube river.
2. At the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. from the Dacian lands.
The author developed a new methodological scheme for research on the problem. According to this alternative methodology, the understanding of the origin of the Slavs and the migration of the Thracians needs a revision of enormous historical data, concerning the ethnic structure of the East European landscape during the Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Thus the author formulates the main concepts germane to the establishment of a wide academic program for further research on the above mentioned topics.
A specific place is dedicated to concrete analysis of the parallels between the Thracian culture from the Pre-Roman era and the early Slav culture of the 6th-8th centuries – settlements, homes, burial rituals, and ceramics. Once again, a separate paragraph deals with the methodology of this specific analysis.
The main goal of this research is to clarify the migration process from the Balkan-Carpathian lands during the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. As a condition sine qua non for the understanding of the stages of this process is the detailed reconstruction of the tribal structure of the proto-Slavic (or Thracian) territories during the pre-Roman Era.
This site displays the extensive research performed by the author on the topic of "The Proto-Slavic Tribes". The publications of the author on the topic are summarised and readily available for download (visit the "Download" page on this site).