Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity: History and Archaeology Between the Sixth and Eighth Centuries [Hardback]

Panayiotis Panayides (Editor); Ine Jacobs (Editor)

ISBN: 9781789258745 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 288p, H280 x W216 (mm) B/W and colour

Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity


Cyprus was a thriving and densely populated late antique province. Contrary to what used to be thought, the Arab raids of the mid-seventh century did not abruptly bring the island’s prosperity to an end. Recent research instead highlights long-lasting continuity in both urban and rural contexts. This volume brings together historians and archaeologists working on diverse aspects of Cyprus between the sixth and eighth centuries. They discuss topics as varied as rural prosperity, urban endurance, artisanal production, civic and private religion and maritime connectivity. The role of the imperial administration and of the Church is touched upon in several contributions. Other articles place Cyprus back into its wider Mediterranean context. Together, they produce a comprehensive impression of the quality of life on the island in the long late antiquity.

Table of Contents

1. Cyprus between the sixth and eighth centuries
Panayiotis Panayides and Ine Jacobs
2. Archaeology and the making of a Cypriot Late Antiquity
Marcus Rautman
3. Cypriot hagiography and the Long Late Antiquity
Young Richard Kim
4. The Arab invasions of Cyprus in the middle of the seventh century: the chronographical and epigraphic evidence revisited
Evangelos Chrysos
5. Contextualising the tax tribute paid by Cypriots during the treaty centuries
Georgios Deligiannakis
6. The prosopography of the Cypriot archbishops during the Long Late Antiquity: a reappraisal of the evidence presented in Byzantine Lead Seals from Cyprus
Olga Karagiorgou
7. Cyprus and its sisters: reassessing the role of large islands at the end of the Long Late Antiquity (ca. 600–ca. 800)
Luca Zavagno
8. Cypriot cities at the end of Antiquity
Panayiotis Panayides
9. Kourion in the Long Late Antiquity: a reassessment
Pamela Armstrong and Guy Sanders
10. Cypriot church architecture of the Long Late Antiquity
Richard Maguire
11. Long Late Antiquity in the Chrysochou Valley
William Caraher and R. Scott Moore
12. A boom-bust cycle in Cyprus at the end of Antiquity: landscape perspectives for settlement transformation
Athanasios K. Vionis
13. Local sculptural production in Cyprus at the end of Antiquity: a challenging dating?
Doria Nicolaou
14. Fighting the demons and invoking the saints: prolegomenon to a study of Christian ritual texts in late
antique Cyprus
Paweł Nowakowski
15. Mining and smelting copper in Cyprus in Late Antiquity
Vasiliki Kassianidou
16. The material culture of daily living in late antique Cyprus: a view from the metal collections of the
Department of Antiquities
Eftychia Zachariou-Kaila
17. The ‘fuzzy’ world of Cypriot Long Late Antiquity: continuity and disruption betwixt the global and local
Jody Michael Gordon

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