The Olympic necklace
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Were talking about the Russian part of the huge heritage of the ancient age. The treasures are situated in the south of Russia in the Rostov and Krasnodar regions and of course in the greatest museums of Moscow, St Petersburg and southern cities, which have been forming their ancient collections with archeological relicts of the ancient Russian settlements and necropolises excavations. I dont know the future official name of this route. It may be «The ancient world of Russia» or «The Olympic necklace». But there is no doubt that this path will be associated with an exciting journey, rest, knowledge and education, healthy way of life and a notable trend in tourism, cleaner environment and historical and cultural monuments care.
Yet there is no such a route It begins in the archeological culture preserve «Tanais». It is one of the three ancient Russian reserves along with Germonassa in Taman and Gorgippia in Anapa. Since 1961 Tanais has been the first and the best extant settlement and necropolis of the ancient monuments. The conservation zones of Tanais include the monuments of different ages: Kamennaya Balkalithic age, Lutik fortress 17th century, the temple of the Repose of the Virginthe early 20th century Here gods of different nations are still living in peace; the town is fitted to the first pages of European civilization. Strabon, a geographer, described it as the largest marketplace for Greeks and steppe peoples. The archeological museum in Taman is one of the best in our country. The church of the Intercession has no analogues. The mansion ensemble is reconstructed according to Lermontovs story. Mud lake and beaches in Veselovka Is there any other place on Earth where you can swim in one sea and after half an hour in the other? There is one, in Taman. In the stanitsa there is also Germonassa settlement, the only Russian ancient town with a feminine name But at the moment the settlement is being undermined by the sea and the cultural layers of the monument are being collapsed.
Gorgippia town is situated within the limits of the
The history of the sport culture of the ancient period of the country becomes particularly significant in the context of the future Olympic Games in Sochi. In the ancient ages competitions played a significant role in the public life of cities and settlements, such as Tanais, Fanagoria, Germonassa, Gorgippia, etc. One can talk not only about the single economical and cultural area of the ancient North Black Sea region the Azov Sea Region but also about single sport space of Ecumene. Panathenaic amphorae, mythological heroes founders of the Olympic games Achilles, Hercules, Hermes and others are embodied in numerous monuments of art found by archeologists during investigating the south settlements and necropolises, these are documentary witnesses of close connection between the Eastern Black Sea region and competition culture of the Ancient Greece. There are also direct artifacts proving the fact of conducting Games in the ancient towns in Russian territory: the winners lists of the Gorgippias competitions
We can talk about establishing a new economical industry for the south regions of Russia.
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