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Cyprus [Gr. Kypros; Turk. Kibris]locked

  • R. S. Merrillees,
  • Nicolas Coldstream,
  • Edgar Peltenburg,
  • Franz Georg Maier,
  • G. R. H. Wright,
  • Demetrios Michaelides,
  • Lucia Vagnetti,
  • Veronica Tatton-Brown,
  • Joan Breton Connelly,
  • Paul Åström,
  • Jean-Claude Poursat,
  • Elizabeth Goring,
  • Louise Schofield,
  • Wiktor A. Daszewski,
  • A. Papageorghiou,
  • Michael D. Willis,
  • Michael Given,
  • Elise Marie Moentmann,
  • Kenneth W. Schaar,
  • Euphrosyne Rizopoulou-Egoumenidou
  •  and Helena Wylde Swiny


Third largest island in the Mediterranean (9251 sq. km), 70 km south of Turkey and 103 km west of Syria (see fig.). The island’s geographical location and its natural resources of copper and shipbuilding timber have had a considerable impact on the destiny of its inhabitants. Cyprus has throughout its history been vulnerable to the geopolitical ambitions of the powers controlling the neighbouring countries, which have not hesitated to exploit its resources and to use it as a stepping stone or place of retreat. Although it possessed a vigorous and distinctive local culture in Neolithic times (...

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