Please Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced text.
Before one embarks upon reading Thracian Language and Greek and Thracian
Epigraphy, one should keep in mind that one should be facing an extremely
complex situation.There is a methodological problem, originating in the
past, which caused various misunderstandings. It is due to the volume of
different entries assembled in the goal to compose a thesaurus of the
Thracian language. Somehow, over the years during the last two centuries,
there was a whole set of methods applied that were not in accordance to the
progress made by linguistics. For example, the choice made in assembling
the two main corpora so far, that of Tomaschek and Detschew, present data
from literary and epigraphic sources. These data combined were not at all
times convincing. Sometimes controversial entries were included whose
interpretation provoked long discussions. More attention was paid to
details, which in most of the cases were not concerned with the discussion
of the whole body of evidence.
There was one other issue: whilst modern linguistics made a huge progress,
Thracian scholars stayed within the general Indo-European theory of the
The method the author used rests on the description of Thracian onomastics
obtained after phonological analysis, because he is concerned with the fact
that every single phonologically attested form of phonemes and morphs is
relevant. For, it helps to list all possible forms of names thus showing
all of the graphemes independently.