Women in the cities of Cyprus

Rulers and urban dwellers from the Late Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period

Authored by: Joanna S. Smith

Women in Antiquity

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138808362
eBook ISBN: 9781315621425
Adobe ISBN: 9781317219910


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At the core of women’s lives on Cyprus are their roles in families, including ruling families, in religion, and as artisans. Across time, the importance of women in relationship to their families is a constant, while their definition as authority figures in religion and politics takes on clearer shape. Each of the following sections about family, rulers, temples, and workshops explores women’s lives from the development of urban centers in the Late Bronze Age (c.1650–c.1050 bce), to the several city-kingdoms of the Iron Age (1050–310 bce), and the rule of Cyprus as a whole by the Ptolemies of Egypt in the Hellenistic period (310–58 bce). A focus on urban life brings textual information, a diverse representational repertoire, and a variety of living spaces, including workshops and sanctuaries, into discussion.

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