At establishing the club we chose the name of our club to be Scythia Minor because it is directly related to where the club was founded Dobrich city.The present Dobrogea area is the modern successor of the ancient province of Scythia Minor
Greek Μικρά Σκυθία is the ancient name of modern Dobrogea. Territory is bounded by the Danube Delta and it is a natural extension of the North Pontic steppe area inhabited by Scythian tribes.
Griffin is a symbol of the Scythians as it was believed that he is the guardian of Scythian treasures. It is believed that the griffin inhabited the steppes of Scythia, ranging from modern Ukraine to central Asia, there was abounded with gold and precious stones.
The oldest settled population, proven by archeology, this is from the late Neolithic period. Ancient inhabitants of Dobrogea are those who created the first processed gold in Europe, found in the Varna Necropolis.
They built the inportant for European culture settlement discovered on the island in Durankoulak lagoon. Later,with them are mixed northern equestrian nations and ethnic groups form the Thracians from whom Dobrogea was inhabited mainly Gath tribes.
At the time of Greek colonization VI-th century BC. Greeks established reference points along the Black Sea and founded a colony, the most significant among them north of Odesos (Varna) are: Dionisiopol (Balchik),and Tommy (Constanta).
In V-th century BC. in entering Scythians and then the Sarmatians, Kimmerians and Celts in 513 BC From that area passes campaigns of the Persians against Scythia. After mastering the Dobrogea by the Scythians, it became known as Scythia Minor (Μικρά Σκυθία, Scythia Minor).
In ancient times the area was part of the most significant Thracian state - The Odrysian kingdom.
Professor Dr. Dimitar Draganov
Coinage of Scythian kings is one of the most mysterious in the West Pontic areal. According to Herodotus in 496 BC Skitite taken military offensive in the south reaching Gallipoli peninsula passes Danube Scythians began the first formal negotiations with Odrysian kings secured by the conclusion of dynastic marriages. At the beginning of the first century AD the geographer Strabo mentions that state formation in the region was known as "Little Scythia."
It is known to us the names of these mysterious Scythian kings that ruled in present Dobrogea: Atey, Kanit, Tanuza, Ellis Harasp, Akroza and Sariak.From them only Atey, is a contemporary of the Macedonian king Philip II 359-336 BC)he is discussed in the writings of ancient authors. The only reliable evidence of the other 6 kings is from numismatic material and it is on the ancient Greek language.
In I-st century BC. province is conquered by the Romans (who include them in province of Moesia and then split in to- Lower Moesia and Scythia Minor) as part of the Roman Empire.
The name of the province is used from the 2nd century BC to the founding of Danubian Bulgaria.
During the time of the reforms of Diocletian 297 AD, the province was separate as a Scythia Minor.
Stavry Topalov for Scythia Minor.
71-72 Marcus Lucullus defeated the Pontic troops and forces them out of the West Pontic coast.
He laid siege to and robbed Apollonia for edification of other western Pontic cities that do not provide further armed resistance. In the area surrounding north of Odesos cities are bordering Getty, Scythians and Bastari that were considered free and were hostile to Rome. (Blatavskaya)
In 62 BC for Vice of Rome in Macedonia was appointed Guy Hybrida to him were given under control separate territories in Thrace. In 62-61 BC Gay Hybrida overwinters in Dionisopol and possibly attempt to receive funds from the West Pontic cities outside Rome arrangements.
This creates an armed conflict between united forces of the towns of the region and the local tribes. Roman armies were defeated by Bastari and other united tribes near Istria by which was lost the last achieved Roman success by Mark Lucullus in the area.
At the same time Burebista completed the unification of Gath tribes on both sides of the Danube.
46 BC Odesos and other western Pontic cities lost their autonomy and become from part of the Thracian kingdom into a Roman province.
Scythians have left much evidence of their presence in today's Dobrogea: ancient buildings, frescoes in the tombs, statues, coins, jewelry and more.