It was organised by the State Museum-Preserve Tauric Chersonese
and the Nobiliary Assembly of the Crimea using private funds.
Writing about 150 AD in Alexandria, Graeco-Roman Claudius Ptolemy pinpointed the Golden Chersonese
, a golden peninsula at the edge of the world he knew.
For example, Nicholas bore proud and sonorous titles: 'Nicholas II, by God's grace, Emperor and Autocrat of all the Russias, King of Poland, Grand Duke of Finland, Tsar of Moscow, Kiev, Vladimir, Novgorod, Kazan, Astrakhan, Siberia, the Tauric Chersonese
, Georgia, Lord of Pskov, Grand Duke of Smolensk, Lithuania, Volhynia, Podolia, Prince of Esthonia, Livonia, Courland, and Semigallia, Samogitia, Bielostok, Karelia, Tver, Yougoria, Perm, Viatka...
De Eredia includes a passage about Timor in his geographical text 'Report on the Golden Chersonese
Gold features prominently in early texts that mention the region, as with Ptolemy's Golden Chersonese
(Golden Land), and Suvarnabhumi (again, Golden Land) and Suvarnadipa (Golden Island) in early Indian accounts.
It is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites, including: the Ancient City of Tauric Chersonese
and its Chora; Saint-Sophia Cathedral and related monastic buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra; L'viv - the Ensemble of the Historic Centre; and the Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans.
The other additions included the Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe in the German city of Kassel, Golestan Palace in Tehran, the Medici family villas in Italy, and the Ancient City of Rauric Chersonese
and its Chora in the Ukraine.
Herbert has lent to this poignancy no accidental setting: as the battle begins a new tableau is revealed of the Plain of Troy, with the wall of Troy stage left, and the Greek camp stage right, and "In the background the Hellespont, and beyond it the hills of the Chersonese
(or Gallipoli Peninsula)" (Helen 102).
"Caucasus" in the "Indian Caucasus" could be a generic term, for any cluster of mountains, what the historian Garth Fowden--whose work should be more known to Romanticists--would call the outer walls of a "mountain arena." One could compare "Chersonese
," most familiar with respect to the Crimea, which could be used by the Greeks to refer to any peninsula.