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Olbia as a frontier society Teece , Edwin Philip

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In this study the Greek colony of Olbia, on the north coast of the Black Sea, is examined in the light of both the literary and the archaeological evidence relating to the city's first two centuries of settlement. The effects upon the colonists of isolation from the great centres of Greek urban life, of the hostile physical environment into which the Greek settlers transplanted their civilization, and of the barbarian peoples who surrounded the colony are studied. It can be seen from the evidence gathered here that the Olbiopolitai, while struggling to maintain a Greek way of life in their city, yielded in some measure to the artistic, religious and political influences of their Scythian neighbours.

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