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Information: Pontos (Pontus) is a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Anatolia, Turkey. The name was applied to the coastal region and its mountainous hinterland (rising to the Pontic Alps in the east) by the Greeks who colonized the area since the Archaic period and derived the name from the Greek word for the Black Sea.
By the 6th century BCE, Pontus had become officially a part of the Achaemenid Empire, which probably meant that the local Greek colonies were paying tribute to the Persians.
Under the Ottoman rule which began with the fall of Trebizond, particularly starting from the 17th century, some of the region's Pontic Greeks became Muslim through the Devşirme system. But at the same time some valleys inhabited by Greeks converted voluntarily, most notably those in the Of valley. Large communities of Christian Pontic Greeks remained throughout the area (including Trabezon and Kars in northeastern Turkey the Russian Caucasus) until the 1920s, and in parts of Georgia and Armenia until the 1990s, preserving their own customs and dialect of Greek.
Most Common Dance: Tik
Language: Pontic Greek
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