Εvolution in the antiquity of Cyprus

Εvolution in the antiquity of Cyprus

Mythology of Cyprus

Apart from the extraordinary beauty of Cyprus, we all know how the island of Aphrodite is...but from mythology we can barely know why it was named so and why the goddess Aphrodite became a trademark on the island of the Mediterranean.

According to Mythology, Aphrodite was a goddess of love, a goddess who came from across the land from the sea borders and was found in Pafos, where she lived there from the middle of the 8-9th century BC until her death. At the beginning of the 19th century it was named Aphrodite Cypress, which was the sanctuary of Aphrodite in Pafos, with an altar where they would burn incense, where Aphrodite took her bath, smeared with immortal myrrh, and other materials that came out today Cyprus depicts limestone, dandelion and clay figurines. A series of antiquity and history that remains indelible in time, the figurines feature engraved decoration that adorns garments and jewellery that in turn, during the 2nd millennium BC, Cyprus used to sell its copper, which it traded with the countries of the East. All of these docks are scattered around many sights of the City of Cyprus until today, as long as one has the disposition and desire to see them.

At the beginning of the 12th century. BC, Kition was rebuilt and fortified with a Cyclopean wall. The sacred site was rebuilt, with four temples, one very large and three smaller, which meant copper workshops, which also meant symbols of Aegean origin and of course this was also the case in Palaipaphos. Where it flourished during the second half of the 2nd millennium BC. As the wealth of her tombs reveals, where at the same time, the remains of a 12th-century sanctuary were discovered.

Tradition preserved the memory of Greek settlers who founded cities in Cyprus upon their return from the Trojan War, one of them being considered by the beloved Arkas Agapinor to be the founder of the Temple of Aphrodite in Pafos. We should bear in mind that the goddess Aphrodite was in Greece during the 12th century BC, even when the Greeks arrived, they may have adopted the local deity which they identified with some female deity who had already worshipped and gradually Hellenized it. While creating a new type of figurine however, Cypriots in turn give another aspect of Cyprus's narrative by giving it the meaning of the euphemism in general as a dove, a flower, a confectionery, a vessel, etc. Points of those times of worship of the deities that existed at at that time.

So finally, Aphrodite, in the 12th century BC. she met with the Achaean Greeks and acquired Greek characteristics, mixed with Phoenician elements derived from the Syrian goddess Astartis. It flourished almost completely in the 4th century. Adopted by the Greeks in an early period and eventually led to Olympus as a goddess of love and beauty.

Then in the coming years it became an independent state after the junta and the political chessboard that prevailed...it does not cease to have Greek elements that remain indelible in our time and history...

The History of Cyprus has a great and interesting archaeological beauty that is worth learning...

...Why Greece's cultural heritage that has spread everywhere is a source of inspiration for a better tomorrow...