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Turkish Rule

Turkish rule in Cyprus lasted from 1570 until 1878. Neither the fortifications nor the diplomacy of the Venetians could prevent the arrival of the Ottomans, who landed in […]

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Venetian Rule

Venetian rule in Cyprus, lasted from 1489 until 1575. In 1489, Cyprus was ceded to Venice by its last Lusignan ruler, Caterina Cornaro. As they did under the […]

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Frankish Rule

Frankish rule in Cyprus lasted from 1191 until 1489. The English king, Richard the Lionheart, who together with France’s King Philip II Augustus and the Holy Roman Emperor […]

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The Byzantine Era

The Byzantine era lasted from 330-1191. Shortly after 330, when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman state and its capital transferred from Rome to Constantinople, first […]

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The Roman Period

The Roman period lasted from 30 BC until 330 AD. As the empire of Alexander the Great reached its end, so the Roman Empire grew in power. Cyprus […]

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The Hellenistic Era

The Hellenistic Era lasted from 325 BC until 50 BC. The Persian domination of Cyprus was brought to an end by the campaign of Alexander the Great in […]

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The Classical Era

The Classical Era lasted from 480 BC until 325 BC. It was marked by the wars for independence of the Cypriots against the Persians. On the political scene, […]

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The Archaic Era

The Archaic Era lasted from 750 BC until 480 BC. In 709 BC, Cyprus came under the domination of the Assyrians, the new power in the region. The […]

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The Geometric Era

The Geometric Era lasted from 1050 BC until 750 BC. The end of the Bronze Age came with the destruction of almost all the large settlements of the […]

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The Bronze Age

The Bronze Age lasted from 2500 BC until 1050 BC. The discovery of copper at many locations around the island in the mid-3rd millennium BC appears to have […]

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