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.
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CyprusThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome
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Document Object Identifier (DOI)10.1093/acref/9780195170726.001.0001
PublisherOxford University Press
Citation InformationHirschfeld, N. (2010). Cyprus. In M. Gagarin (Ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. doi: 10.1093/acref/9780195170726.001.0001