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The Black SeaA History$
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Charles King

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199241619.001.0001

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Pontus Euxinus, 700 bc–ad 500

Pontus Euxinus, 700 bc–ad 500

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(p.23) 2 Pontus Euxinus, 700 BC–AD 500
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The Black Sea
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Charles King (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199241619.003.0002

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

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