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Title: Cypriot Taste in Early Greek Ceramic Imports
Author(s): COLDSTREAM, J.N.
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 8    Date: 2009   
Pages: 21-36
DOI: 10.2143/AWE.8.0.2045836

Abstract :
This paper discusses the range and distribution of Greek Geometric imports in Cyprus. Nowhere do they imply the presence of expatriate Aegean Greeks, but wherein lay their attraction for Cypriot users? Why are they so rare in most Greek-Cypriot kingdoms, but so abundant at Amathus, stronghold of the indigenous Eteocypriots? Special scrutiny is devoted to untypical accumulations at Salamis and (apparently) Kourion, suggestive of symposion sets offered through gift-exchange between aristocrats, rather than through casual trade. Finally, the character of these imports is compared and contrasted with those from Mycenaean Greece, and also with Geometric imports in the Levant.

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