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‘Setting the Scene’: Historical Narratives, Theoretical Considerations and a Methodology for Interpretation

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The goal of this chapter is to shift the mode of enquiry from the broader concept of landscape studies to the analysis of more specified and unitary loci. The case studies presented, Soloi and Amathous, have been selected following extensive bibliographical survey of all the excavated sanctuaries on the island. This chapter, therefore, based on the cults of Soloi and Amathous, aims to engage with the transformation processes of religious, cultural and political identities, moving indeed across the full spectrum of the first millennium bc and even the Late Bronze Age and early Roman period when deemed necessary. It has also clearly been shown that the relationship between religion, politics and society is not one of simple reflection, but one of constitution. The change of political structures had also an effect of change and variation on the existing religious and cognitive systems.

Keywords:Amathous; bibliographical survey; case studies; cognitive system; Late Bronze Age; religious system; Roman period; Soloi



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