From the Tauriscan Gold Mine to the Goldenhorn and the Unusual Alpine Animal
Od zlata pri Tavriskih do Zlatoroga in nenavadne alpske živali

Marjeta Šašel Kos



Three themes are analysed in the article, which are related under certain aspects to each other. These are the discovery of a rich gold deposit in the land of the Taurisci, mentioned by the Greek historian, Polybius, and the geographer and historian, Strabo; the folk-tale of the Goldenhorn/Zlatorog, in which the search for gold and treasure is reflected; and the third, the peculiar Alpine animal mentioned by the same Greek writers. It could be interpreted as a mythic animal, although in view of the accurate description, the animal was probably an elk.

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