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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Timothy E. GregoryTimothy E. Gregory, Annabel Jane WhartonAnnabel Jane Wharton

(Κύπρος), island in the northeastern Mediterranean, an important way station between East and West, with good ports, rich agricultural land, and significant mineral deposits, esp. copper. Cyprus, which constituted a province within the prefecture of Oriens, enjoyed considerable prosperity in late antiquity and urban life apparently flourished during the period. A series of terrible earthquakes devastated the island in the mid-4th C., but urban life did not collapse. Salamis in the northeast, rebuilt and renamed Constantia by ... ...

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