Archaic terracottas show it to have been inhabited in the 6th century B.C., but it is first heard of in history as resisting the attacks of Satyrus, ruler of the Cimmerian Bosporus, c. 390 B.C. His successor Leucon took it and made it a great port for shipping wheat to Greece, especially to Athens.
It was reserved for his son Leucon (387-347) to take this city.
They maintained close relations with Athens, their best customers for the Bosporan corn export, of which Leucon I.
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