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Chersonesus
Historical place
Crimea (UA)
Last updated: September 8, 2003
 
Ancient colony
Chersonesus is an ancient Greek colony, also called Cherson and is founded in 421 B.C. The colony is located close by the present-day Sevastopol.

Important
A democratic city-state, Chersonesus was the most important Greek colony in the Crimea until Scythian invasions forced it to become (179 B.C.-63 B.C.) a protectorate of King Mithradates VI. In the 1st cent. A.D. the cities of the Crimea became part of the Roman Empire, and in the 4th cent. Chersonesus became the city of Korsun in the Byzantine Empire.

Center
In the Middle Ages it remained a large trading and political center and played an important role in the economic and cultural life of the Crimea, the Black Sea area, and Russia.

Source: 1upInfo.com
 
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