Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion
Stewart, Charles Anthony, Thomas W. Davis and Annemarie Weyl Carr, editors
Boston: American Schools of Oriental Research, 2014 pp. xviii + 268. $74.95
Archaeological Reports, 20
Description: Between 491 and 1191 AD, Cyprus was influenced by various political and cultural centers that vied for dominance in the Eastern Mediterranean. This collection of essays primarily focuses on the island's archaeology when it was governed by the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. Greek and Orthodox Christian identity was cultivated during this period, which provided a sense of unity among the various provinces; and yet, the surviving historical and archaeological data concerning Cyprus is unique in that it expresses both local and regional characteristics. By investigating the various threads, whether textual, numismatic, architectural, or artistic, narrative has emerged that challenges our past assumptions.
The themes covered in this volume developed from a conference held in Nicosia, organized by the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute [CAARI] celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the Republic of Cyprus. An international group of experts explored several themes such as: the impact of recent archaeological discoveries; the shift from studying Late Antique urbanism to rural development; indicators of Cypriot identity; shifts in population settlement, production, and trade; cultural interaction between Islam and Christianity; the significance of ceramic and numismatic evidence; monumental figural arts and their iconographical interpretation. The resulting chapters provide new and previously unpublished data, and should be considered a major contribution to Late Antique and Medieval studies.
Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Archaeology, Other Methods
Review by Young Richard Kim
Citation: Young Richard Kim, review of Charles Anthony Stewart, Thomas W. Davis, and Annemarie Weyl Carr, eds., Cyprus and the Balance of Empires: Art and Archaeology from Justinian I to the Coeur de Lion, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).
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