The ancient Near East was the home of the early civilizations of the Middle East that correspond to today’s Middle East and Mediterranean. The Medelhavsmuseet is focused on the collections from that part of the world. The museum was opened in 1954 when the Eygptian and Cypriot collections were combined. According to Wikipedia, “The Egyptian Museum had been created in 1928 from artifacts collected in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century while the Cyprus Collection was the result of the excavations of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Cyprus collection in the museum is the largest outside Cyprus and of great scholarly value.” Greek and Roman Collections are also part of the museum. Since I’m still learning about this region in the world, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Today, Cyprus.
Cyprus is an island strategically located in the Mediterranean Sea and the Middle East a staging base from which major defensive and offensive campaigns could be launched. As such it was a prize fought over by many larger empire and was in turn ruled by the Egyptian, Persian, Assyrian, Roman, French, Arab and British empires.
It’s last major ruler was the British Empire and the diverse religious (majority Greek Orthodox Cypriot, minority Turkish Muslim Cypriot) was the site of a war between Turkey and Greek Cypriots for control of the island.
Here are pictures from Cyprus’ past.
Terracota figurines from a tomb at Ayia Irini
Bronze and Copper objects from Cyprus
Here are some other videos about Cyprus.
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