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Deniz Burcu Erciyas

A rebellious kingdom on the margins of the great Roman Empire or a kingdom in pursuit of a wider sovereignity? In spite of its notorious political history under the reign of Mithradates VI (120-63 BC), the social and economic history of the Black Sea region constitutes an uncharted territory. This book is a first comprehensive study of the archaeological, literary, and numismatic evidence from the central Black Sea region of Turkey during the Hellenistic Period. The monetary policies of the Pontic cities, testimonial to regional unification under Mithradates and his political influence on neighbouring lands are studied in separate sections. The section on the discovery of a remarkable tomb at Amisos reveals the emergence of the Pontic cities early as the fourth/early 3rd century BC.

Cheryl Ward

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157005711X560372 Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 16 (2010) 189-198, 541-542 Four Ships of Late Antiquity in the Black Sea Cheryl Ward Abstract Shallow and deepwater seabed exploration in the Black Sea conducted in

Merab Khalvashi and Nino Inaishvili

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157005711X560471 Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 16 (2010) 487-509, 559 Sinopean Imports on the Black Sea Littoral of South-West Georgia Nino Inaishvili & Merab Khalvashi Abstract Sinopean imports – coins, ceramic

Daniela Stoyanova

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157005711X560444 Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 16 (2010) 441-465 The Importation of Roof Tiles from Sinope and Heraklea Pontica to the Western Black Sea Area Daniela Stoyanova Abstract Based on new evidence

Owen Doonan

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157005711X560363 Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia 16 (2010) 175-187 Sinop Landscapes: Towards an Archaeology of Community in the Hinterland of a Black Sea Port Owen Doonan Abstract This paper discusses the evidence for

Ancient Berezan

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


Sergei Solovyov

Edited by John Boardman and G.R. Tsetskhladze

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.

Pontus and the Outside World

Studies in Black Sea History, Historiography, and Archaeology


Edited by Christopher Tuplin

This volume presents ten papers on the Greek and non-Greek world of the Black Sea in the archaic, classical, Hellenistic and Roman periods. Five papers broach literary and historical topics. Four investigate material in Greek writers (Alcman, Aristeas of Proconnesus, Herodotus and Lucian) connected with Scythia and the North, while the fifth deals with the Bosporan Kingdom. Mediterranean Greek contact with, and reception of, the Pontic world play a significant role throughout. The other five papers concern pottery and metalwork (vessels and phalerae) from Colchis, the North Black Sea and elsewhere. Some new material for the West is published (from Vani and Picvnari) but light is also cast on familiar objects (Sarmatian gold vessels) and iconography (Amazonomachies). Contact between the Aegean and Pontus is again a recurrent theme.


Catherine Morgan

Edited by G.R. Tsetskhladze

This book reviews the nature and social function of Attic fine pottery imported to the Greek colony of Phanagoria in the Taman Peninsula, southern Russia. The first part of the book reviews the history of research at Phanagoria, and presents a fully illustrated catalogue of Attic imports from the excavations of the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1971-1996) and latterly the University of London. A concluding section examines imports from the city and its cemeteries in the wider context of the Bosporan kingdom, drawing together a large collection of comparanda especially from the cities of the Taman Peninsula. Via comparison of data from Athens, the northern Aegean, Ionia, and the northern Black Sea, the changing role of Attic pottery in Black Sea trade is assessed.

Chaniotis, A., Corsten, T., Papazarkadas, N. and Tybout, R.A.

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B.S. Lyapustin

Review Article THE NORTHERN BLACK SEA AREA, THE CAUCASUS B.S. LYAPUSTIN (Moscow) Arkheologiya SSSR. Antichnye gosudarstva Severnogo Prichernomor'ya ( The Archaeology of the USSR. Ancient states of the Northern Black Sea Area). Eds.: G.A. Koshelenko, I.T. Kruglikova, V.S. Dolgorukov. Moscow