This is another one of those weird claims … according to a brief item in Standart:
The countless treasures of Persia seized by Alexander the Great, are buried at the bottom of the Black Sea at Kaliakra Cape, said oceanographer from the city of Varna Trayan Trayanov yesterday. Recently the Space Research Institute in Moscow confirmed his thesis.
Scientists believe that the treasure was buried in underwater catacombs and caves under Kaliakra Cape. Ancient Greek geographer and historian Strabo proposed the hypothesis for the first time. Many centuries later Bulgarian writer Tsoncho Rodev revived the legend. His short story, published in the 1960s, stirred the emotions of black archeologists in Bulgaria. A ferryboat captain even made a photo of Kaliakra and kept it for a long time in a safe in the Institute of Oceanography in the city of Varna.
However, to this very day the treasure has not been found.
While I do know that Kaliakra is the ancient Tirizis, I can’t find anything remotely resembling this claim in Strabo. Does it sound familiar to anyone else?
UPDATE: 03/29/09 ~> Jack Linthicum and I have been discussing this offblog. He has usefully provided a link for the relevant passage from Strabo and notes that most of the Bulgarian sources are identifying Lysimachus as “Lysimah”. Perhaps that’s being mistaken for a Persian name? I couldn’t find anything to help with the question in the limited preview version of Helen Lund, Lysimachus: A Study in Early Hellenistic Kingship.