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The Bosporan Kingdom from the 5th cent. BC to the 1st cent. AD

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Author(s): Wittke, A.-M. | Posamentir, R.
The so-called Bosporan Kingdom established itself in the mostly Scythian-settled region on the north-eastern shore of the Black Sea (cf. also map C) after the phase of colonization, mostly by Greeks of Asia Minor (perhaps under pressure from the Lydians, later the Persians), from the 7th/6th cents. BC. The kingdom was a union of Greek cities to either side of the Cimmerian Bosporus (Straits of Kerč), on the Chersonesus Taurica (Crimea) and its eastward counterpart the Taman Peninsula, south of the Maeotis (Sea of Azov). The union was under the leadership of Panticapaeum. At first ( c. 480 …