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Cyprus Cultural Centre
December, 23 2008
“Culture is a companion that no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home a friend, abroad an introduction, in solitude a solace, and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives, at once, grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.”
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Destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Cyprus
December, 23 2008
The archaeological heritage of Cyprus suffered considerably from the activities of looters during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when treasure hunters of all kinds, notably Alessandro Palma di Cesnola, hiding behind the mask of ‘archaeological research’, deprived Cyprus of some of her most outstanding archaeological treasures. There has been a tradition of tomb looting in Cyprus for over 3000 years, but never was it systematic before Cesnola. Scholarly archaeological research began during the first quarter of the twentieth century, and since then a wealth of information and archaeological treasures, covering a period of some nine thousand years, from the ninth millennium BC down to the end of antiquity, has been gathered.
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Κύπρος : ένα από τα πιο σημαντικά διεθνή ναυτιλιακά κέντρα
December, 23 2008
Τo Τμήμα Εμπορικής Ναυτιλίας τα τελευταία χρόνια έχει επιδείξει μία αξιόλογη πορεία με ουσιαστική πρόοδο και σημαντική αναβάθμιση τόσο του στόλου όσο και των υπηρεσιών που προσφέρει.
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Wine Culture in Cyprus
December, 23 2008
The well-known House of Dionysos in Paphos illustrates in mosaic form the importance of the vine and wine in Cyprus during the Roman occupation of the island. The principal hall, the triclinium, is decorated with a carpet-like mosaic floor representing vintage scenes, vines laden with grapes and humans and erotes picking the fruit. Apart from the many representations of the god of wine Dionysos, who gave his name to the house, the most prominent panel of the west portico which communicates with the triclinium depicts the history of winemaking. King Ikarios, unaware of Dionysos’ true identity gave the god hospitality while the latter was on a visit to Athens. Dionysos showed his gratitude by teaching Ikarios how to cultivate the vine and make wine from its fruit - something that up until then was unknown to mortals.
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