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date: 17 January 2019

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The archaeology of early Christian Cyprus represents one of the most significant case studies of how early Christianity developed because of the island’s unique geohistorical background and the diverse nature of its material remains. When combined with local hagiographical resources, Cyprus’s material culture illustrates the gradual development of a unique form of early Christian society between the fourth and seventh centuries that drew on both local and imperial influences. This chapter contributes to such perspectives by offering an introduction to early Christian Cyprus’s archaeological corpus vis-à-vis the island’s unique Late Antique eastern Mediterranean context. It examines basilicas, baptisteries, mosaics and church decor, funerary structures, coins and seals, metalwork, epigraphy, and ceramics to reveal the discipline’s main research foci and suggest topics for future investigation.

Keywords: Cyprus, archaeology, Christianity, basilica, baptistery, mosaic, hagiography, Epiphanius

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