Contacts between Greeks and Non-Greeks on the Lower Bug in the Sixth and Fifth Centuries <span class="smallCaps">bc</span>


in Classical Olbia and the Scythian World

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Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197264041
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734311 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Contacts between Greeks and Non-Greeks on the Lower Bug in the Sixth and Fifth Centuries bc

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The region of the lower Bug is a special place among the areas of Greek settlement on the north coast of the Black Sea. In the seventh century BC, this region expanded and was integrated into the sphere of Greek culture. The lower Bug of Olbia posited a significant mark in the history of the whole Pontic basin. This chapter does not present a review of the extensive literatures on Greek-native contacts on the north coast of the Black Sea, rather it discusses the issue of Greek-native relationships during the settlement period, specifically in the establishment of the Olbian state. It aims to refute Solovyov' observations and interpretations of the ancient Olbia and Greek civilization in this region wherein he contended that the dug-out dwellings and the potteries of the Olbian region were predominantly the result of native ingenuity. In this chapter, the text looks to evidence by focusing on only two kinds of material, namely dwelling-types and potteries. Such studies that were limited to such artefacts lead to a skewed, partial, and unsupported account which caused misleading accounts and depictions of the nature of Greek and Non-Greek relationships on the ancient lower Bug and on the period where contacts between Greek colonists and barbarians were dominant.

Keywords: lower Bug; Greek settlement; Greek-native contacts; Greek-native relationships; Olbian state; Greek civilization; Greek colonists; barbarians; non-Greek

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Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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