TAURI, the earliest known inhabitants of the mountainous south coast of the Crimea (Herodotus iv.
Towards the end of the 2nd century B.C. we find the Tauri dependent allies of the Scythian king Scilurus, who from their harbour of Symbolon Portus or Palacium (Balaclava) harassed Chersonese.
27, 47, "amati I cornua monstri" (of the bull which carried off Europa), more than one MS. has "cornua tauri," an explanation of monstri.
Were the Aquae Tauri, warm springs, now known as Bagni della Ferrata: considerable remains of the Roman baths are still preserved.
After defending itself against the kingdom of Bosporus, and the native Scythians and Tauri, and even extending its power over the west coast of the peninsula, it was compelled to call in the aid of Mithradates VI.