AAIA Gale Visiting Professor Program | Idalion. A Kingdom of Cyprus from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Period
AAIA | Gale Visiting Professor Program
Idalion. A Kingdom of Cyprus from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Period
Professor Reinhard Senff
The 2023 Gale Visiting Professorship has been made possible by the generous support of Janet Gale, a foundation supporter of the Institute and one of our first Governors.
On a stele he had erected in the year 708 B.C. at Kition on Cyprus the Assyrian king Sargon II claimed supremacy over the island and its ten local kingdoms. One of these was Idalion, situated in the central part of the island on an important trade route which connected the mountainous region in the west, rich in natural resources like wood and copper ore, to the harbour cities on the eastern coast.
The history of the city can be traced back into the Bronze Age but is better known from the Early Iron Age onwards. Excavations have taken place in the civic centre and its territory since the 19th century and have brought to light architectural remains of the city, its fortification walls, dwellings, necropoleis, the royal residence and the administration centre as well as several sanctuaries.
Those dedicated to Aphrodite, Athena and Apollo have yielded especially large amounts of finds in the form of sculpture and other votive objects which give us a vivid picture of the religious ceremonies that took place in these sanctuaries and at the same time provide information on the composition of the local population and matters of concern to it.
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