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APR 25, 2013 - American Spectator

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Black Sea Changes

In the summer of A.D. 95, the Greek orator Dio Chrysostom sailed across the Black Sea’s brine-salt waves to the city of Borysthenes, a once-stirring center of trade nestled along the right bank of the River Bug, in what is now Ukraine’s Kherson Oblast. Strolling along the riverbank one noon, Dio mused upon the state of his host city, whose size did not “correspond to its ancient fame, because of its ever-repeated seizure and its wars.” It dawned on the visiting rhetorician that the fortunes of the locals had “reached a very low ebb indeed, some of them being no longer united to form ... Read More

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