Analysis Of Crime A Peninsula At The Crossroads

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Crimea: A Peninsula At The Crossroads In the president day, many people heard about the civil war in Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula by Russia. Until recent events, it is unlikely that many Americans knew what Ukraine or Crimea were, or even where they are on a map. Since 1954, Crimea was an autonomous republic that belonged to Ukraine. However, its history stretches centuries before Ukraine and Russia, and is interwoven with a variety of cultures and ethnic groups. While Vladimir Putin of Russia makes the claim that Crimea is historically Russian and “belongs” to the Russian Federation, he is wrong as this peninsula has its own uniquely independent history and culture far before the Russian Empire annexed it in 1783. Due to its geographical adjacency to the Black Sea, the Greeks were one of the first well-known settlers of Crimea. They named the region “Taurica.” In the 7th or 6th century BC, the Greeks began to colonize cities on the southern part of the peninsula, on the coastal portions of the Black Sea. Some of Crimea’s earliest cultural myths began with the Greeks. In Greek mythology, Crimea is where Iphigeneia was sent after the goddess Artemis rescued her from her father’s human sacrifice. After coming to Crimea, she had a temple where she was a priestess. To protect the land from foreigners, she performed human sacrifices on anyone who dare come ashore. She was under command of the Taurian king, Thaos. The Tauris were the earliest indigenous
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