Salaminia & Antiquities of Salamis...


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Author  Alexander Palma Di Cesnola
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   July 13, 2012
Pages  444

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Island of Cyprus, consisting of all the different periods of its civilisation, have certainly cast a new and important light on the history of art, for they form a connecting link between the Greek and Phcenician, or A ryan and Semitic civilisation. That Cyprus received colonists from the three continents of the old world is undoubted. Evidence of the Phoenician and Greek colonists is proved by the remains of these nationalities found on the coast and elsewhere, while its conquest by Egypt and Assyria has been recorded in the annals of those countries, and their arts have left the stamp of their impression on the sculpture of Cyprus At the time of the eighteenth Egyptian dynasty, fifteen or sixteen centuries before Christ, Cyprus was known to the Egyptians, and had evidently been colonised and inhabited. The Greeks anterior to the time of Homer had peopled portions of the island, and the coast was held by their settlements, the establishment of which was placed at the period of the Nostoi, or return of the Greeks from the Trojan War, and cannot be depressed lo Aver than nine centuries before Christ; and these settlers had evidently brought with them the Cypriote alphabet, invented I jefore that known as the Greek, examples of which cannot be identified earlier than six centuries before the Christian era. Contemporaneously, or later, the Phoenicians had emigrated there, and mingled with the Hellenic
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