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Title: What Did Ancient Greeks Mean by the 'Cimmerian Bosporus'?
Author(s): GOUROVA, Natalia
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 13    Date: 2014   
Pages: 29-48
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.13.0.3038729

Abstract :
The word ‘Bosporus’ in ‘Cimmerian Bosporus’ is usually perceived as the name for a unified state. However, this word was also used by ancient authors as a hydronym, for the strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov/Lake Maeotis and for denoting a specific territorial unit, as well as an alternate name for Panticapaeum. The use of Bosporus in written sources from the Archaic period to late antiquity followed a certain chronological sequence, which generally coincides with the periods of formation and transformation of the Bosporan state.

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