To the south of Scythia the Crimean mountains were inhabited by a non-Sythic race, the Tauri.
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.
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.