Caucasian (culture or style)

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Scope note
Refers to the people, styles, and cultures originating in the general Caucasus region, which is the area between the Black and Caspian Seas, surrounding the Caucasus mountains, comprising roughly the modern nations of Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, southern parts of Russia, and northeastern Turkey. It refers specifically to the Indo-European and Turkic cultures that have occupied the area since around the first millennium BCE. It takes its name from the Caucasus tribes that settled here; was home to Milesian Greeks, subsequently was invaded numerous times; legendary site of Jason's quest for Golden Fleece; the Caucasus mountains have traditionally been the boundary separating Europe from Asia; however, the area is more subject to Asian influence and so is more often grouped with Asia in modern scholarship.
Accepted term: 17-Jun-2024