Craftsmanship and the cultural/political identity of the Cypriote kingdoms : the case of Idalion and Tamassos

  • Epigraphic documents attest that the two neighbouring, inland sites, Idalion and Tamassos, were kingdoms during the Cypro-Archaic period, and that-within an interval of nearly a century - they were both incorporated by the kingdom of Kition during the Cypro-Classical period, thereby losing their independent status. The geographical position of Idalion and Tamassos must have been both a blessing and a curse: while the two polities could thrive on the exploitation of the nearby copper mines, they also had to withstand the economic interest of other Cypriote polities in these natural resources. In addition, we may assume that, because of their inland position, Idalion and Tamassos were forced to seek economic collaboration with polities that had direct access to the sea for the export and exchange of commodities beyond the island. We may further expect that the control of ore-mining and forestry activities must have been a potential source of territorial strife between the two inland kingdoms. Therefore, the geo-economic reality likely induced Idalion and Tamassos to a dualistic relationship of being both allies and competitors. ...
  • Dans cette contribution, nous examinons les rapports entre les entités politiques chypriotes de l'Âge du Fer et leur production artistique. Les données disponibles provenant d'Idalion et de Tamassos nous permettent de chercher si les styles régionaux étaient dictés et contrôlés par les élites du pouvoir. Nous examinons aussi ce que cela implique sur les interactions entre ces deux royaumes à l'Âge du Fer.

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Author:Karin Nys, Matthias Recke
Parent Title (French):Cahier
Publisher:Centre d'Etudes Chypriotes
Place of publication:Paris
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2004
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2018/04/03
Page Number:13
First Page:211
Last Page:222
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Institutes:Sprach- und Kulturwissenschaften / Kulturwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 93 Geschichte des Altertums (bis ca. 499), Archäologie / 930 Geschichte des Altertums bis ca. 499, Archäologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Keine kommerzielle Nutzung-Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen