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Pontus Euxinus, 700 <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>–<span class="smallCaps">ad</span> 500

Charles King

in The Black Sea

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780199241613
Published online August 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191601439 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199241619.003.0002
Pontus Euxinus, 700 bc–ad 500

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The ancient Greeks first entered the Black Sea before 500 BC, perhaps at first searching for precious metals. Trade flourished as Greek colonies sprang up along the coasts and the Greeks interacted with native barbarian populations. Those relations were shaken by the rise of Rome, when the sea became a place of exile. Even then, however, there was considerable exchange with the populations of the interior, including the Scythians and their successors on the northern steppe.

Keywords: barbarians; colonies; exile; Greeks; Rome; Scythians; steppe; trade

Chapter.  17391 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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