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by Archaeology Newsroom

Greek colonies in the Black Sea

One of the most interesting chapters of ancient Greek history is that in which the ancient Greeks make heroic attempts to make commercial and cultural contact with peoples and nations of lands that were until then unknown to them. The Greek ships carried the seafarers, who defying all danger responded positively to the great challenge for charting and conquering new lands. This activity, which peaked during the late eighth century and continued until the sixth century BC was named the “Age of Adventures” by R.Hopper. From the late seventh century BC on, Greeks not only settled and made their presence firm on the northern shores of the Black Sea (Euxinos Pontos), but also managed to hellenize and assimilate the natives, armed with the huge cultural heritage, which they carried with them far from their Helladic metropoles.