Paleo-Balkan mythology

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Paleo-Balkan mythology is the group of religious beliefs held by Paleo-Balkan-speaking peoples in ancient times, including Illyrian, Thracian and Dacian mythologies.[1]


The cult of the Thracian horseman, especially his depiction as a hunter (either chasing or holding the hunted animal in his hand), was widespread within the Balkano-Danubian area during the Roman period.[2][3]

Subsets of Paleo-Balkan mythology[edit]

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  1. ^ Leeming 2005, pp. xvii, 44–45.
  2. ^ Hampartumian 1979, p. 13.
  3. ^ Wilkes 1992, p. 247.


  • Hampartumian, Nubar (1979). Moesia Inferior (Romanian Section) and Dacia. Corpus Cultus Equitis Thracii (CCET). Vol. 4. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-29552-0.
  • Leeming, David A. (2005). The Oxford Companion to World Mythology. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195156692.
  • Wilkes, John J. (1992). The Illyrians. Oxford, United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 0-631-19807-5.