By A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling
Revealed for the viewers and offered on the Ashmolean Museum; from the Neolithic to Medieval and later Cyprus
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Which \'ary somewhat in different parts of the island. and at different periods. Most texts are shon; the majority are funerary, though many royal names and titles. usually abbreviated. appear on coins (pI. XXVc). The Greek alphabet eventually appeared in Cyprus c. 400 BC. but the syllabary was still in use late in the third century BC. Thereafter it seems to have been abandoned. The dccipherment of the Cypriot syllabary was achieved in the 1870s. much assisted by a number of 'bilingual' inscriptions· syllabic and Phoenician inscriptions on thc same stone.
XXVc). The Greek alphabet eventually appeared in Cyprus c. 400 BC. but the syllabary was still in use late in the third century BC. Thereafter it seems to have been abandoned. The dccipherment of the Cypriot syllabary was achieved in the 1870s. much assisted by a number of 'bilingual' inscriptions· syllabic and Phoenician inscriptions on thc same stone. The main outline uf the deciphennent was thc work of the English Assyriologisl. George Smith. Et~ypriot. g. pI. XXVII. founh century Be, from Polemidhia) is not confined to that city.
Sloping entrance passage. in some cases up to 20 metres long. Although cvery tomb chamber had, unfonunately, been looted, ncarly all the passages were undisturbed with their offerings intact. These included the remains of the vehicles used to bring the dead to the tomb. and the skeletons of the teams of horses that drew them. The horses lay with their iron bits still in their mouths, and their rich trappings of bronze still on their bodies. This type of burial was practised for more than a century at Salamis and, on a mOfe modest scale.
Ancient Cyprus by A.S. Brown, H.W. Catling