Author(s) : Kovalenko Sergei (29/10/2007)
For citation: Kovalenko Sergei, "Cercinitis", 2007,Encyclopaedia of the Hellenic World, Black SeaURL: <http://www.ehw.gr/l.aspx?id=10718>
Ancient Cercinitis is located in the Crimean Peninsula. It was an Ionian colony founded probably in the 6th c. BC. Since written testimonies are either obscure or non-existent, archaeological evidence is the primary tool for the reconstruction of the city's past. Cercinitis was a member of the Athenian League and later it was annexed by the Taurian Chersonesos till its capture by the Scythians in the 2nd c. BC. Agriculture and fishing formed the basis of the economy of Cercinitis, while Olbia and Chersonesos were its main trade partners. Excavations have also illuminated some aspects of religious life and allowed a secure reconstruction of the city's urban planning and fortification system.
1.3 Date of foundation
1.4 Origin of initial settlers
5. Urban planning and buildings
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