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CL4007 Ancient Cyprus

Cyprus is renowned as the island of Aphrodite, a major source of copper, and as a ‘crossroads’ between East and West. This module explores the archaeology and long-term history of Cyprus. Key topics will include island identity, social organization, the character of early religion, Cyprus’ role in international trade and interaction, its response to the collapse of the Bronze Age Mediterranean world, and issues of Hellenization and cultural identity. The module will include practical work with artefacts and a museum visit.
  • Module Organiser:
    • Dr Christine Morris
  • Duration:
    • All year
  • Contact Hours:
    • 44 hours, 1 x 2 hr seminar p.w.
  • Weighting:
    • 20 ECTS
  • Assessment:
    • 65% continuous assessment (three written assignments), 35% final examination

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