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Cyprus: From migration to hellenisation

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The inclusion of Cyprus in this handbook poses an unexpected problem, insofar as the book is dedicated to the memory of A.J. Graham, a scholar who would never have considered Cyprus as a territory to be associated with his definition of Greek colonisation. This chapter explores as many different avenues as there may be that can provide an insight into how this protohistoric Greek population movement came about and what changes it brought to the human environment of Cyprus. It examines how it manifested itself in the linguistic and material record and how it affected issues of ethnicity and state formation. First of all, it is imperative to understand what Cyprus was like, and its insular dynamics, before the process began that was eventually responsible for the island's Hellenisation. The chapter with the first two stanzas (in translation), since they express, like a 'cultural' anthem, the living Hellenism of Cyprus.

Keywords: Greek colonisation; Greek population movement; Hellenism of Cyprus; island's Hellenisation



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