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Cyprus in the Long Late Antiquity (Hardback)

History and Archaeology Between the Sixth and Eighth Centuries

Ancient History > Ancient Near East > Ancient Cyprus Ancient History > Late Antiquity & Byzantium

By Ine Jacobs
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Pages: 288
Illustrations: B/W and colour
ISBN: 9781789258745
Published: 15th December 2022
Casemate UK Academic


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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.

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About Ine Jacobs

Ine Jacobs is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Associate Professor of Byzantine Archaeology and Visual Culture at the University of Oxford.

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