I noticed on the Wikipedia article for Septimius Severus the map of the empire in 210 shows area around Odessa and Yuzhne. Did the Romans actually hold these areas as colonies or incorporated into a province at all? Or is Wikipedia messing with me?

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    Is there a reason to question the existing narrative?
    – MCW
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 0:49
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    I want to know why Wikipedia specifies those regions as being part of the Roman Empire. I'm not saying they're wrong, I just want to know if the Romans were there and if so how much influence they had.
    – Khorps
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 0:52
  • Check out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Crimea for more Wikitruth. Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 1:21
  • @kimchilover, question is about continental Northern Black Seas coast, not Crimea. Btw, AetherMaster, can you rephrase question title to specifiy the region?
    – user28434
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 11:25
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    They sure did, but it was still called The Ukraine back then.
    – user26470
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 11:40

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The two areas appear to be Olbia and Tyras. They both formed a part of the Roman province of Lower Moesia (or "Moesia Inferior").

It is, perhaps, a little easier to see the detail on this earlier map from the Wikipedia page on the History of the Roman Empire, showing the Roman Empire at its greatest extent under the Emperor Trajan:

Roman empire in AD117

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