Tauria is an ancient name for the Crimean peninsula. In the early Iron Age, Crimea was settled by two groups: the Tauri in southern Crimea, and the Scythians. The origins of the Tauri, from which the classical name of Crimea as Taurica or Tauris arose, are unclear. They are possibly a remnant of the Cimmerians displaced by the Scythians. The Greeks, who established colonies in Crimea , regarded the Tauri as a savage, warlike people.
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