History and Culture of Cyprus: A Survey on its Cultural Heritage

This document is a syllabus reflecting course content developed for "History and Culture of Cyprus: A Survey on its Cultural Heritage," by Dr. Netice Yildiz, of Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Architecture.

Course Description

Cyprus exhibits a rather rich and variety of cultural heritage both in material culture as well as in its folklore. The course aims to teach the cultural heritage of North Cyprus. The course will try to analyse the way of living, customs and traditions, religious ideas and practices of each society as well as the political problems of those people who lived in Cyprus in each period.The instructor of the course has been teaching a course on the History of Cypriot Civilizations and writing and presenting papers on various aspects on the art history of Cyprus at EMU for several years. The course therefore will aim to give a general history for the existing material culture of the island in the form of art, architecture, language, literature and folklore of Cyprus together with the important historical and political events from prehistoric times until today.

Course Outline


Sources for the history of Cyprus

A brief chronology for the history of Cyprus

Cyprus - an Island in Mediterranean Sea: Its Geographical Condition and Natural History

Ancient Ages

Modern Ages

The Beginning of Civilization in Cyprus: Stone Ages: Neolithic I-II

Chalcolithic Age in Cyprus

Early and Middle Bronze Age (Cypriot Ages) in Cyprus

Late Bronze Age (Cypriot Ages) in Cyprus

Iron Age in Cyprus

Hellenistic (Ptolemeus) and Roman Periods in Cyprus

Modern Ages: Late Roman and Early Christian Period in Cyprus Medieval Cyprus: Crusaders an Lusignan

Kingdom in Cyprus

Venetian and The Ottoman Rules in Cyprus

British Colonial Rule in Cyprus and the Republic of Cyprus Contemporary Turkish Art and Folklore of Cyprus


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Yildiz, Netice. "History and Culture of Cyprus: A Survey on its Cultural Heritage." Syllabus, Easdtern Mediterranean University, Fagmusta, Northern Cyprus, [date not provided.]
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