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A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus
The Non-Greek Languages, and their Relations with Greek, c.1600–300 BC

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  • Date Published: November 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107617414

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  • This pioneering volume approaches the languages and scripts of ancient Cyprus from an interdisciplinary point of view, with a primarily linguistic and epigraphic approach supplemented by a consideration of their historical and cultural context. The focus is on furthering our knowledge of the non-Greek languages/scripts, as well as appreciating their place in relation to the much better understood Greek language on the island. Following on from recent advances in Cypro-Minoan studies, these difficult, mostly Late Bronze Age inscriptions are reassessed from first principles. The same approach is taken for non-Greek languages written in the Cypriot Syllabic script during the first millennium BC, chiefly the one usually referred to as Eteocypriot. The final section is then dedicated to the Phoenician language, which was in use on Cyprus for some hundreds of years. The result is a careful reappraisal of these languages/scripts after more than a century of sometimes controversial scholarship.

    • The first complete study, accessible to non-specialists, of all the non-Greek ancient Cypriot languages
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach to the material, also considering the archaeological and social/historical context
    • Includes groundbreaking new assessments of linguistic and epigraphic features, thereby advancing our understanding of scripts and languages that were previously poorly documented and/or understood
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    "This important and pioneering publication should be consulted by anyone with a scholarly interest in ancient Cyprus and the complex linguistic landscape that it helps clarify."
    Vassilis Petrakis, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: November 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107617414
    • length: 299 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.351kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Cypro-Minoan
    2. Eteocypriot
    3. Phoenician
    Conclusion.

  • Author

    Philippa M. Steele, Wolfson College, Cambridge
    Philippa M. Steele is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge, and a Fellow of Magdalene College and Director of Studies in Classics at Wolfson College. In 2013�4 she gave the annual Evans-Pritchard Lectures at All Souls College, Oxford, on the theme of 'Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus'. She is the editor of Syllabic Writing on Cyprus and its Context (Cambridge University Press, 2013). A Linguistic History of Ancient Cyprus is a publication of her doctoral research, which won the University of Cambridge's prestigious Hare Prize.

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