Scythian Neapolis


Scythian Neapolis

Scythian Neapolis was a settlement that existed from the end of the 3rd century BC until the second half of the 3rd century AD. The archeological ruins sit on the outskirts of the present-day Simferopol. This city was the center of the Crimean Scythian tribes, led by Skilurus and Palacus (who were probably buried at the local mausoleum). The town ruled over a small kingdom, covering the lands between the lower Dnieper river and Crimea. In the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC, it was a city "with a mixed Scythian-Greek population, strong defensive walls and large public buildings constructed using the orders of Greek architecture". ["North Pontic Archaeology", ed. by Gocha R. Tsetskhladze. Brill Academic Publishers, 2001. ISBN 90-04-12041-6. Page 167.] Neapolis was destroyed halfway through the 3rd century AD by the Goths.

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