Ancient Berezan

The Architecture, History and Culture of the First Greek Colony in the Northern Black Sea


Greek colonisation of the Black Sea area is one of the most hotly disputed aspects of Black Sea archaeology, and the date of the first appearance of Greeks in this part of the ancient world is far from clear. The limited evidence gives us little idea of the character of these colonies and their physical appearance. This volume, the fourth in the Colloquia Pontica series, deals with Berezan, the first Greek colony established in the northern Black Sea, thus also the first of a ring of Greek city-states which linked the Western world with the vast steppe territory of the Scythians. For more than 100 years archaeologists from Russia and the Ukraine have been excavating this extraordinary island site. This is the first synthesis of their work in any language. It presents the history and archaeology of the site from its establishment in the 7th century BC down to the medieval period. It has 118 tables, maps and photographs.
Sergei L. Solovyov, Ph.D. (1990) in Archaeology, Russian Academy of Sciences, is Senior Research Fellow in the State Hermitage, St. Petersburg. He has excavated at Berezan and Nymphaeum, and is now studying rural settlements in the Taman Peninsula. He has published extensively on the archaeology of the northern Black Sea region.
'...a well written and very useful synthesis. The book is beautifully produced, with 188 pictures, maps and drawings, full bibliography and index; there are only very few misprints. One has to wish for more such publications as a base for further discussion and study.'
Balbina Baebler, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2000.
All those interested in classical archaeology, ancient history, Greek colonisation, relations between Greeks and locals, architectural and cultural history, Black Sea archaeology.
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