The Chora of Chersonesos. A Unique Outlook on the Ancient Civilisation

Sevastopol’s predecessor Chersonesos that had existed from the times of the Classic Greece (5th century B.C.) until the end of the Byzantine epoch (15th century A.D.) is a unique spot that allows one to see what the ancient civilisation looked like in reality and not on a textbook page. Traditionally, we view a colonial polis as a ground point directly tied to the metropolis. But actually, it was a system of settlements that we can define as a cell structure – the centre of the city was surrounded by a huge territory consisting of land parcels; each one had an area of approximately 27 ha. Each of these land parcels had a villa and all of them were connected by straight roads. Not surprisingly, the founders of Sevastopol mistook this regularly structured road network for the remnants of a huge megapolis. Sevastopol is the only city in the world where we can actually observe this structure and understand what the ancient civilisation was really like.