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CL4007 Ancient Cyprus


Module Organiser: Dr. Christine Morris
Duration of Course: all year
Contact Hours: 44 hrs, 1 x 2 hr seminar p.w.
Weighting: 20 ECTS
Assessment: 65% continuous assessment (three written assignments), 35% final examination

Overview and Aims:

Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, is renowned as the island of Aphrodite, as a major source of copper in the ancient world, and as a ‘crossroads’ between East and West. This module explores the archaeology and long-term history of Cyprus from earliest times through to the foundation of the Iron Age city-kingdoms. It will introduce you to the island’s distinctive material culture and to the development of Cypriot society within a broader Mediterranean context. During the year we will engage with issues such as island identity, social organization, the character of early religion, the role of Cyprus in international trade and interaction, the response of the island to the collapse of the Bronze Age Mediterranean world, and issues of Hellenization and cultural identity. We will also reflect on how the study of Cypriot archaeology has been shaped by modern historical events, processes and ideologies. The module will include practical work with artefacts and a museum visit.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful conclusion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Sound knowledge of the relevant primary material (archaeological, artistic and textual) and its place within a wider Mediterranean context
  • Ability to apply visual and spatial skills to the analysis of artifacts, architectural plans and other archaeological diagrams
  • Excellent oral and written skills in discussing and evaluating primary sources, modern scholarly interpretations and theoretical approaches
  • Ability to apply knowledge and skills flexibly and independently to key questions

Last updated 20 August 2018