For the better part of three thousand years, the area around the Black Sea has been a crossroads of both the Orient and the Occident. It’s position as a water-based highway between the Near East, the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and Asia Minor – and by extension, the Middle East and Balkans – has seen countless numbers of ethnic and religious groups populate fertile, and hotly contested, coastal regions.

The Greeks, Armenians, Scythians, Romans, Huns, Byzantines, Persians, Mongol-Tatars, Ottoman...

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