THE KERCH STRAIT CROSSING AS A SITE OF NOMADIC TRANSIT FROM EUROPE INTO ASIA
A. L. Ermolin
The Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa
This article is devoted to communications in the ancient world. The author highlights the Kerch Strait (the Cimmerian Bosporus) crossing as a key site of nomadic transit from Europe into Asia. Based on paleographic, archeological and written sources, he charts the details of the crossing location, while demonstrating the close correlation between regional defense and the direction and nature of transit across the Strait. The strategic control over the crossing is considered to have been the main task of the Bosporan Kingdom in the ancient period.
Keywords: crossing, defense, Bosporus, Kerch Strait.