recent research in ancient black sea studies


panel at the
113th annual meeting of camws

april 5-8, 2017

University of Waterloo Campus, Renison College 2102, Fr. 1:30–3:25

       From the Neolithic to the present day, the Black Sea was a true potter’s wheel of tribes, nations and kingdoms, and was quite fittingly dubbed Pontos Euxeinos (‘Hospitable Sea’) by the Greeks. It was part of the ancient economy long before Greek colonization on its shores started. The Crimean peninsula in particular produced a surplus of grain, and Iranian tribes traded slaves and gold, while olive oil, wine and luxury goods were imported from the Mediterranean. The Northern coast was settled by Iranians from the steppes since the 2nd millennium, long before they were joined by Greek colonists, mostly from Western Asia Minor under Milesian leadership. The city of Megara also sent out colonists from central Greece. Interconnections between the Greek cities of the Black Sea and beyond was high, but in fact the exchange of goods and movement of people would reach their pinnacle only later under Roman domination ... (Read the full panel description)

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Five Presentations (Read the full abstracts)

Paper 1: Prosodion Written in Bone: An Inscribed Bone Plaque from the Berezan Island

Dr. Anna K. Boshnakova, Sheridan College, Oakville (anna.boshnakova at


Paper 2: Peripheral Aftermath of the Treaty of Apameia in the Black Sea

Dr. Germain Payen, Independent Researcher (germain.payen.1 at


Paper : The Bosporan Kings: Friends or Enemies of the Romans?

Dr. Altay Coşkun, University of Waterloo (acoskun at


Paper 4: New Observations on the Dura-Periplus Map

Dr. Konstantin Boshnakov, Conestoga College (kboshnakov at


Paper 5: Assessing Regional Wealth in Late Roman Pontos

Dr. Hugh Elton, Trent University (hughelton at