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Seuthes the Immortal. Secrets of a Thracian king
FRANCE, 2009, 52'
  by AGON - Wednesday, 9 November 2011

In August 2004, Bulgarian archaeologist Dr Gueorgui Kitov made a spectacular discovery when he entered an old inviolate tomb in the Valley of the Thracian Kings, an area next to Sofia. Bearing invaluable testimony to the historic kings from the height of the Thracian culture in the 4th century B.C., the three rooms of this gigantic mausoleum held a number of priceless objects. One unexpected surprise was a magnificent life-size bronze head, sculpted in an amazingly modern style, discovered by the archaeologist just seven meters from the tomb’s entrance. This realistic bust of a dead man, the fact that it had been buried and the exceptional architecture of the burial temple raise a series of question marks: to which king did this tomb belong? Why was the head buried in front of the temple? What do the sacrificed horse and the broken marble doors mean? Just what secrets are buried within this tomb?
A search for the dead man’s identity was launched. The Greek inscriptions on various objects removed from the tomb reveal the name of King Seuthes, who had led 150.000 horsemen against Alexander the Great. Who was this king and what can he teach us about the Thracian culture? According to Dr Kitov, the tomb masks an ultimate secret, that of the belief in immortality. He believes that Seuthes had achieved immortal status and that his tomb contains a number of clues as to the secret practices of immortalization.
World-renowned specialists help interpret the signs left behind by this people.


Director: ZLATINA ROUSSEVA
Producer: CRESCENDO FILMS