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Contribution to Book
Cyprus
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Nicolle E Hirschfeld, Trinity University
Document Type
Contribution to Book
Publication Date
1-1-2010
Disciplines
Abstract

Strabo described Cyprus as “second to none of the islands of the Mediterranean: it is rich in wine and oil, produces grain in abundance and possesses extensive copper mines.…” (14.6.5). Geographical proximity placed Cyprus within the orbit of the Levant; currents and winds situated the island in the flow of peoples and ideas between the Aegean and eastern Mediterranean. But at the same time, Cyprus’ insularity and large size fostered idiosyncratic developments. This tension—between native and imported ideas, and invention in a middle ground—informs studies of ancient Cyprus.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)
10.1093/acref/9780195170726.001.0001
Editor
Michael Gagarin
Publisher
Oxford University Press
ISBN
9780195170726
Citation Information
Hirschfeld, N. (2010). Cyprus. In M. Gagarin (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. doi: 10.1093/acref/9780195170726.001.0001