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date: 04 March 2021

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This chapter explores certain religious traditions of the urban centres of one of the Northern Black Sea region, the Bosporan Kingdom, from the foundation of the apoikiai sometime in the first half of the sixth through the mid-first centuries BCE, that is, through the death of Mithridates VI. It is comprised of two major sections: the first discusses some of the cults practised over the course of five centuries on the temenos and the acropolis of Pantikapaion, the capital of the Bosporan Kingdom. Another section examines associations between the chthonian sanctuaries and the unusual features of the local landscape, namely the mud volcanoes. In both cases we focus on the newly discovered archaeological data and present some new interpretations of the old material.

Keywords: Bosporan Kingdom, apoikiai, Northern Black Sea, Mithridates VI, Pantikapaion, sanctuaries, mud volcanoes, temenos, acropolis, archaeological data

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