Cyprus and Egypt in the Late Bronze Age

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The socioeconomic and ideological transformations that characterize Late Bronze Age Cyprus have been linked to a major expansion in interconnections with the older cultures of ancient western Asia and Egypt. This study considers the likely impact of Egyptian symbolism and royal ideology on Cyprus, explicitly from a perspective that sees distance and access to 'exotic' goods as possible sources of elite power. Several gold, metal, faience, ivory and glyptic items -- decorated with sphinxes, hieroglyphic signs, and other images –- suggest a sophisticated manipulation of 'Oriental' ideologies of kingship and royal power.

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Knapp, A., (2013) “Cyprus and Egypt in the Late Bronze Age”, Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 5(3), 1-9. doi: https://doi.org/10.2458/azu_jaei_v05i3_knapp

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A. Bernard Knapp (Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute)

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