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One island, three capitals: Insularity and the successive relocations of the capital of Cyprus from late antiquity to the middle ages.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2015 (English)In: Medieval Cyprus - a Place of Cultural Encounter.: Conference in Münster, 6-8 December 2012 . / [ed] Sabine Rogge - Michael Grünbart, Münster, New York: Waxmann Verlag, 2015, 357-387 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the late antique and medieval Eastern Mediterranean Sea, water is most clearly a link rather than a boundary. Therein the acquisition of wealth - by war or sea-trade - is the strongest incentive for maritime circulation and communication. Contact and interchange among the islands in the area provide them with their concurrent double function as both closed and open systems. I will here discuss the successive relocations of the capital of the island of Cyprus from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages as an example of settlement transformation in island systems of the Eastern Mediterranean. My main purpose in relation to the particular island of Cyprus is to describe different aspects of its inhabitants’ flexibility to ‘adjust’ their focus of interest and land-use to constant changes of power, trade networks and cultural interactions - usually provoked by central administration. These adjustments will be considered in relation to concurrent developments in two other examples of island systems within the Byzantine Empire, one in the Eastern Mediterranean (Andros in the Aegean Sea) and one in the Western Mediterranean (Sicily in the Tyrrhenian Sea).

In relation to some facts regarding settlement transformation in Cyprus from the fourth to the twelfth century, I will here attempt to answer two main questions:

  1. What were the particular qualities of islands within settlement networks during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages?
  2. What does the location - and relocation - of the islands’ capitals represent within the context of the overall transformation of their settlement during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages?
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Münster, New York: Waxmann Verlag, 2015. 357-387 p.
, Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien, 11
Keyword [en]
Cyprus, insularity, settlement
National Category
History and Archaeology
Research subject
Byzantine Studies; Archaeology; History; Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269678ISBN: 978-3-8309-3360-1OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-269678DiVA: diva2:884926
Medieval Cyprus - a Place of Cultural Encounter (University of Münster, 6-8 December 2012)
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