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The Archaeology of Cyprus: Aphrodite’s Island

April 02, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


Archaeology Short Course at Mosman Art Gallery – Lecture 2 of 4

Our second lecture in our short course takes us to Cyprus, the third largest and the eastern-most of the islands of the Mediterranean Sea. It is also a land rich in natural resources including copper and timber, and a centre of strategic importance. These geological and geographic factors have seen Cyprus throughout its history controlled and dominated by regional superpowers from Egypt, Phoenicia, Assyria, Persia, Ptolemaic Egypt, the Romans, the Byzantine Empire, the Crusaders, the Franks, the Venetians, the Ottomans and the British, all of whom conquered the island. Cyprus’ position on maritime trade routes meant it was engaged with international trade to the Aegean, Anatolia, the Levantine coast and Egypt. Local artisans responded to these international connections through the development of distinctively local artistic works: sculpture and pottery which was reminiscent of other cultures and yet at the same time wholly Cypriot.

This talk will synthesis the history of Cyprus from prehistory to modern periods, and explore key archaeological sites, and developments in ceramic and other artistic traditions. The history of Hellenistic and Roman periods of the island’s history will be particularly focused on, with a case study of Nea Paphos where The University of Sydney have been conducting archaeological excavations for more than two decades.

This lecture is free, though RSVP is required through our online booking system below. In making a booking, you are not required to attend all lectures and you may make a booking after the lecture series has begun.


April 2, 2019
10:00 am - 12:30 pm



Mosman Art Gallery
Art Gallery Way & Myahgah Road
Mosman, Mosman 2088 Australia
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