The Republic of Bulgaria is bordered by the Black Sea to the east, Turkey and Greece to the south, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, and Romania to the north. By virtue of its geographical location, Bulgaria has been involved in many wars since ancient times. The Thracians inhabited the lands that are now modern-day Bulgaria, and the Romans regarded them as fierce warriors, as they did with the Celts, who settled in the region from the third century bce. Spartacus, the gladiator who led the largest slave revolt against the Romans, is believed to have come from Thrace, and this certainly did nothing to damage the reputation of the Thracians in war. Indeed, many Thracians served in the Roman Army both as legionaries and ...

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