Cyprus in Texts from Graeco-Roman Antiquity


How was the unique character of the island of Cyprus perceived in antiquity? This volume aims to engage with this question by examining references to Cyprus in ancient texts and by exploring authors connected to the island. The readers can thus find literary interpretations on a wide range of Greek and Latin texts focusing on Cyprus by world-leading Classical scholars, which will cast further light on the literary and cultural tradition of the island. The book promises to motivate further exploration of these topics and of the influence of a place in ancient literature and beyond.

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Katerina Carvounis, D.Phil. (2005), University of Oxford, is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has published extensively on Greek epic, including A Commentary on Quintus of Smyrna, Posthomerica 14 (OUP 2019).
Andreas Gavrielatos, Ph.D. (2013), University of Leeds, is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading. He has published articles and edited volumes on Latin literature and Multilculturalism in the Roman World.
Grammatiki Karla, Ph.D. (2000), Freie Universität Berlin, is Associate Professor in Ancient Greek Literature at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She has published books and many articles on ancient Greek popular literature and rhetorical texts of Late Antiquity.
Amphilochios Papathomas, Ph.D. (1994), Heidelberg University, is Professor of Ancient Greek Literature and Papyrology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has published extensively on numerous aspects of Ancient Greek Literature and Papyrology.

Contributors are: Christos Fakas, Patrick J. Finglass, William Hutton, Nikoletta Kanavou, Adrian Kelly, Stephanos Matthaios, Fritz Mitthof, Athina Papachrysostomou, Michael Paschalis, Antonis K. Petrides, Silvia Susana Reyes, Marcela Alejandra Ristorto, Emilia Savva, Diana Spencer, Vassilios P. Vertoudakis, Andreas Voskos
Notes on Contributors

1 Introduction
Katerina Carvounis and Grammatiki Karla

Part 1 Myth and Literature

2 Ancient Cyprus: From Myth to History and Literature
Andreas Voskos

Part 2 Archaic Poetry: Composition and Performance

3 Cyprias and the Cypria
Adrian Kelly

4 Reflecting upon Cyprus as a Sacred Place in the Homeric Hymn 6
Marcela Ristorto and Silvia Reyes

Part 3 Wandering Heroes

5 Stesichorus, Cyprus, and the Heroes of Athens
Patrick J. Finglass

6 The Theme of Teucer’s Exile and its Reception in Latin Literature
Andreas Gavrielatos

7 Heroic Mettle and Roman Thought: Cyprian Venus and Foundational Bronze
Diana Spencer

Part 4 Divine Presence on the Island: Literature and Ritual

8 In the Footsteps of Cypris
Michael Paschalis

9 On the Track of Venus’ Cult: The Cypriot Stories in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Emilia Savva

10 Imagined Sacral Landscape? Cult Sites of Apollo Hylates in the Ancient Literary Sources
Fritz Mitthof

Part 5 Cyprus as a Place and topos

11 “It Was Always Far Away”: Othering Cyprus in Greek Comedy
Antonis K. Petrides

12 War and Peace: Cyprus in Greek Comedy
Athina Papachrysostomou

13 Real and Imagined Geographies of Cyprus in Imperial Greek Literature
William Hutton

14 Cyprus in Greek Prose Fiction of the Roman Period
Christos Fakas

Part 6 Exploring the Sources: fragmenta and testimonia

15 A Hellenistic Philosopher from Cyprus in the Greek Anthology: Epigrams on Zeno of Citium
Vassilios P. Vertoudakis

16 Xenophon the Cypriot and his Novel
Nikoletta Kanavou

17 Archelaus of Cyprus and Alexander of Paphos: Two Enigmatic Figures in the History of Ancient Scholarship and Rhetoric
Stephanos Matthaios

18 Cyprus and Cypriots in the Greek Documentary Papyri and Inscriptions
Amphilochios Papathomas

The volume is of interest to students and scholars of Classics, Ancient History, and Ancient Literature; it will be a valuable asset to any University Library.
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