CAI Dublin branch talk: Dr Giorgos Papantoniou on ‘Negotiating Local and Imperial Identities: Cyprus from Classical to Hellenistic times’ 

The next Dublin Branch talk with the Classical Association of Ireland is taking place on Tuesday 30th November at 7.30pm (Dublin time) on Zoom.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Giorgos Papantoniou, Assistant Professor in Ancient Visual and Material Culture in the Department of Classics at Trinity College Dublin. This is a free event and all are welcome.

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‘Negotiating Local and Imperial Identities: Cyprus from Classical to Hellenistic times’ 

(Dr. Giorgos Papantoniou)

This lecture explores the relationship between power and cult, not in the Age of the Cypriot city-kingdoms per se but rather in the context of a changing political landscape that eventually led to the abolition of the autonomous polities and the establishment of a new order by the Ptolemaic Empire. In particular, this contribution explores some of the Cypro-Classical kings’ internal responses to the changing political map of the Mediterranean, suggesting a shift from eastern to western orientations and cultural and iconographic prototypes. Furthermore, it attempts to put Cyprus in a broader context of Hellenistic monarchies in the Mediterranean, considering the resulting transformations of the island’s political geography and cultural identities. Finally, through the medium of sacred landscapes, this lecture explores the response of Cypriot population (elite and non-elite) to Ptolemaic power and rule.


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