Cyprus
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Cyprus (Heb. Kittim, after the harbor Citium, mentioned often by the Phoenicians and the site of present-day Larnaca), from the Greek “Kypros” (etymology unknown), is a Mediterranean island 100 km. (60 mi.) west of the Syrian coast and 65 km. (40 mi.) south of the coast of Turkey.

1. Late Paleolithic and Neolithic settlement of Cyprus before the fourth millennium b.c. points to close relations with the Near East. During the third and second millennia the Copper and Bronze Age of Egypt, Crete, Mycenae, Syria, and Anatolia made Cyprus, with its rich m…

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Colpe, Carsten, “Cyprus”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 22 January 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C1607>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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