previous next


A fortified military settlement ca. 20 km SE of Anapa, founded in the mid or late 4th c. B.C. to protect the E border of the Bosporan state. The main defenses consist of an embankment in the shape of a parallelogram which encloses an area of ca. 4 ha. In the late 1st c. B.C. or early 1st c. A.D., a stone wall was built to strengthen the fortifications. The main monument uncovered by intermittent excavations begun in 1954 was a large stone building of the Hellenistic era for public use. The building (ca. 700 sq. m) consisted of several rectangular rooms and passageways along with an attached peristyle courtyard. The finds suggest close ties with Gorgippia and the growth of agriculture and handicrafts during the Roman era. Although life at the settlement ceased in the late 4th c., the site was inhabited again during the mediaeval period.


V. D. Blavatskii, “Issledovaniia Raevskogo gorodishcha v 1954 godu,” KSIIMK 77 (1959) 42-50; N. A. Onaiko, “Raskopki Raevskogo gorodishcha 1955-1956 godakh,” KSIIMK 77 (1959) 51-61; id., “O raskopkakh Raevskogo gorodishcha,” KSIA 103 (1965) 125-30; id., “Ellinisticheskoe zdanie Raevskogo gorodishcha i ego mesto v arkhitekture Bospora,” SovArkh (1967) 2.155-68.


hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: