BULGARIAN FALSIFICATION OF MACEDONIAN HISTORY

THE STONE INSCRIPTIONS CASE

1. This is the fabricated stone inscription by "Tsar Samuil" found in Voden (Edessa), Greece.


 

2. This is the stone inscription by Ivan Vladislav found in Bitola, Macedonia.



THE TEXT

1. This is the text translated in Bulgarian from the fake stone in Voden:

1. V samodurjavnia grad Voden Az Samuil, veren v Hrista
2. Car na Bulgarite i Romeite, ot boga izpraten samodurjec
3. na vsichki strani ot Rashka do Makedonia, Tesalia
4. i Gurcia , vnuk na staria Shishman, koito beshe Han na
5. jitelite na Turnovo, postroih tozi molitven dom, za da
sushtestvuva v vechnostta. Osnovite biaha polojeni v epohata
na Ieremia, koito beshe pruv hristianin ot Melnik.
6. Postroen be (tozi hram) za grehovete i spasenieto na bulgarite
7. ot prokletia Satana, koito proizhojda ot Konstantinopol.
8. Tozi hram be zavurshen prez 14-tata godina ot caruvaneto mi
s pomoshtta na sveshtennika Gavril, koito e duhoven pastirna jitelite na Muglen.
9. Napisano prez godina 6497 ot suzdavaneto na sveta (989 g.)5-ti Indiktion.

Rough translation into English:

In the city of Voden, I Samuil, faithul to Christ, Emperor of the Bulgars and
Romans, Godsent emperor of all lands from Raska to Macedonia, Thessaly and
Greece, nephew of the old Shishman who was Khan of the inhabitants of Trnovo,
built this prayer home, to exist forever. The foundation were laid in the epoch of
Jeremiah, who was the first Christian in Melnik. This tample was built for the
sins and saving of the Bulgars from damned Satan, who comes from Constantinople.
This tample was finished during the 14th year of my rule with the help of monk
Gavril, who is the spiritial shepherd of the inhabitants of Meglen. Written during
year 6497 from the foundation of the world (989 A.D), 5th Indiction.

2. This is the text translated in Bulgarian from the stone in Bitola:

"Prez godina 6523 (1015-1016) ot sutvorenieto na sveta obnovi se tazi krepost, zidana
i pravena ot Ioan, samodurjec bulgarski, s pomoshtta i s molitvite na presvetata vladichica
nasha Bogorodica i chrez zastupnichestvoto na dvanadesette i na vurhovnite apostoli.
Tazi krepost be napravena za ubejishte i za spasenie i za jivota na bulgarite. Zapochnata
beshe krepostta Bitolia prez mesec oktomvri v 20-i den, a se zavurshi v mesec... kraia.
Tozi samodurjec beshe bulgarin po rod, vnuk na Nikola i na Ripsimia blagovernite,
sin na Aaron, koito e brat na Samuil, caria samodurjaven, i koiito dvamata razbiha v
Shtipon (Ihtiman) gruckata voiska na car Vasilii, kudeto be vzeto zlato... , a tozi v..
. car razbit bide ot car Vasilii v godina 6522 (1014) ot sutvorenieto na sveta v Kliuch
i pochina v kraia na liatoto."

Rough translation into English:

During the year 6523 (1015-1016) from the beggining of the world this fortress
is being renewed, built and made by Ioan, Bulgarian autocrator, with the help
and prayers of our Virgin Mary and through the representation of the twelve and
supreme apostles. This fortress was made as haven and deliverance of the lives
of the Bulgarians. The fortress Bitolia was started during the month of October 20th
and was completed in the month of... ending. This autocrator was Bulgarian by birth,
nephew of Nikola and Ripsimia, son of Aaron, who is brother to Samuil, the tsar
autocrator, with whom they smashed in Shtipon (Ihtiman) the Greek army of tsar
Vasili, where they took gold..., and this tsar was destroyed by tsar Vasili in the year of
6522 (1014) from the beginning of the world in Kliuch and died at the end of the summer

 

3. The Story

During September 1997 a Greek national with "Bulgarian identity" from Voden named Stoidis
appeared in Sofia at the National Historical Museum and declared to the Director Bozidar
Dimitrov that he has in his possession a stone inscription found in Voden (Edessa) during
the reconstruction of a local church. The Director declared the inscription a fake made
by Bulgarian nationalists in the 19th Century. Apparently the whole story was published
in the Bulgarian daily Kontinent on "02.10.1997."
 

The "Bitola inscription" was discovered during the demolition of a mosque in Bitola during the
1950's and so far nobody doubted its veracity. Considering the Voden case the Bitola stone
has to be viewed in new light. Chances that it was written by the same authors are indeed very
high. We have also to ask about other products from the same authors as well as regard
the whole Bulgarian historiography concerning Macedonia with great suspicion. 


Sources used in this article:

http://members.tripod.com/~ziezi/vod
http://members.tripod.com/~ziezi/bitolia