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Maeotis

in The Oxford Classical Dictionary

Fourth edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199545568
Published online December 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191735257
Maeotis

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the sea of Azov, joined to the Black (*Euxine) Sea by the Cimmerian *Bosporus (2) (straits of Kerch). Ancient writers often describe it as a lake or marsh, no doubt because of its shallowness. Its extent was regularly overestimated in antiquity, probably on account of its importance as a waterway and source of slaves and goods. The peoples of its shores are often termed ‘Maeotians’, especially those to its east and south-east. The Maeotis offered easy access to the Don (...

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