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Title: An Achaemenid Inscription from Phanagoria
Subtitle: Extending the Boundaries of Empire
Author(s): TSETSKHLADZE, Gocha R.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 18    Date: 2019   
Pages: 113-151
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.18.0.3287211

Abstract :
The paper considers whether an Old Persian inscription from Phanagoria relates to Darius I or his son Xerxes, coming down in favour of Darius. The archaeological background for Darius’ campaign on the Taman Peninsula, and its continuation by Xerxes, is examined. Darius most probably left a garrison in Phanagoria. The Achaemenid Cimmerian Bosporus is placed in its Black Sea context. The inscription together with the situation in Colchis show a now greater extent to the Achaemenid empire, thus the Black Sea ‘circle’ was closed.

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