Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age by Joanna S. SmithArt and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age by Joanna S. Smith

Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age

byJoanna S. Smith

Hardcover | September 7, 2009

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Dramatic social and political change marks the period from the end of the Late Bronze Age into the Iron Age (ca. 1300-700 BCE) across the Mediterranean. Inland palatial centers of bureaucratic power weakened or collapsed ca. 1200 BCE while entrepreneurial exchange by sea survived and even expanded, becoming the Mediterranean-wide network of Phoenician trade. At the heart of that system was Kition, one of the largest harbor cities of ancient Cyprus. Earlier research has suggested that Phoenician rule was established at Kition after the abandonment of part of its Bronze Age settlement. A reexamination of Kition's architecture, stratigraphy, inscriptions, sculpture, and ceramics demonstrates that it was not abandoned. This study emphasizes the placement and scale of images and how they reveal the development of economic and social control at Kition from its establishment in the thirteenth century BCE until the development of a centralized form of government by the Phoenicians, backed by the Assyrian king, in 707 BCE.
Title:Art and Society in Cyprus from the Bronze Age into the Iron AgeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.96 × 8.46 × 0.98 inPublished:September 7, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521513677

ISBN - 13:9780521513678


Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Setting the record; 3. Sizing up images; 4. The human perspective; 5. Deposits and pots; 6. Pits and imports; 7. From scholars to potters; 8. Conclusions.

Editorial Reviews

"Smith's close study of the relationship between art and society opens up new avenues for Cypriot studies and has broader significance for scholars of the eastern Mediterranean as well. This work is a model of meticulous reexamination of old material, applying new approaches that yield new conclusions. Perhaps the greatest contribution of this study is the development of a new Iron Age chronology for Cyprus, which has significant implications for the history of early Cyprus and will surely be adopted by future scholars. Although thoroughly grounded in a careful reading of the material record, the book's great strength comes from Smith's ability to contextualize details within the broader historical record by seeking to understand the people and their lives, thoughts, and actions." --AJA