Chapter Seventeen. The Black Sea

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub Professor Director2 and
  2. Hans van Wees Professor3
  1. Gocha R. Tsetskhladze founder

Published Online: 17 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch17

A Companion to Archaic Greece

A Companion to Archaic Greece

How to Cite

Tsetskhladze, G. R. (2009) The Black Sea, in A Companion to Archaic Greece (eds K. A. Raaflaub and H. van Wees), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308761.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Brown University, USA

  2. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Melbourne, Australia

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631230458

Online ISBN: 9781444308761



  • Black Sea;
  • local societies - Black Sea, home to many tribes and peoples;
  • gold bridle set - cheek-pieces in the form of dolphins;
  • Greek colonies of the Pontus in archaic period;
  • Persian conquest of Greek cities of Asia Minor - sending a new wave of Ionian colonists to shores of the Black Sea;
  • social structures and culture - first Greek apoikiai maturing into poleis with their own strong state and religious institutions, laws and social structure


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Local Societies

  • Greek Colonies of the Pontus in the Archaic Period

  • Social Structures and Culture

  • Crafts and Trade

  • Greeks among Local Communities