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Assas: A Place Name in the Crimea Difficult to Interpret

Assas: A Place Name in the Crimea Difficult to Interpret Abstract Theophanes the Confessor described Justinian II’s voyage from Phanagoreia to Symvolon (Balaklava) and recorded the place name Assas in southern Crimea. It seems that, most likely, Assas has nothing to do with the names Asandi (Anonymus Ravennatis) and Assa (Stephanus Byzantius). The name Assas should be linked to the peoples of the Alans or the As, whose presence in southern Crimea is confirmed by both literary (Anonymi Periplus Ponti Euxini ) and archaeological evidence (mainly necropoleis). Assas was not a settlement name, but a place name describing a vast area at the southern shores of the Crimea. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to Siberia Brill

Assas: A Place Name in the Crimea Difficult to Interpret

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Archaeology and History of the Black Sea Region
ISSN
0929-077X
eISSN
1570-0577
DOI
10.1163/15700577-12341247
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Abstract

Abstract Theophanes the Confessor described Justinian II’s voyage from Phanagoreia to Symvolon (Balaklava) and recorded the place name Assas in southern Crimea. It seems that, most likely, Assas has nothing to do with the names Asandi (Anonymus Ravennatis) and Assa (Stephanus Byzantius). The name Assas should be linked to the peoples of the Alans or the As, whose presence in southern Crimea is confirmed by both literary (Anonymi Periplus Ponti Euxini ) and archaeological evidence (mainly necropoleis). Assas was not a settlement name, but a place name describing a vast area at the southern shores of the Crimea.

Journal

Ancient Civilizations from Scythia to SiberiaBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: Scythia; Crimea; Theophanes the Confessor; Stephanus Byzantius; Assas; Assa; Alans; As

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