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Zypern – Deutschland 800 Jahre Geschichte und Kultur, Ausstellungskatalog/Exhibitions catalogue,

(ed. Ch. Chotzakoglou) Lefkosia 2012, p. 284, with more than 410 colored and B/W photos and drawings,

ΙSBN 978-9963-557-22-6,

Price 45 euro (available discount for bookshops)


This bilingual (Greek and German) Catalogue accompanied the namesake Exhibition, which was co-organized by the German Embassy in Cyprus and hosted by the Society of Cypriot Studies in Lefkosia, Cyprus. It presents the relations of Cyprus and Germany through archaeological exhibits, dated to since the 12th century. It was published by the Society of Cypriot Studies and the Cypriot Committee of Byzantine Studies under the financial support of the Association of the Scholarship Holders of the A.G. Leventis Foundation in Cyprus.

The sumptuous, illustrated edition is structured in individual chapters, which follow the Salutations (p. 19-47) and present the arrival and history of the Germans in Cyprus (Ch. Chotzakoglou, p. 49-78), a brief diagram of Cyprus presence in German literature (Ch. Chotzakoglou p. 79-88), the historical evolution of metallic “alm-dishes” in Europe (Ch. Chotzakoglou p. 89-130) with special subchapters devoted to the materials and ways of casting, to the production centers, typology and technique, impact on other materials, craftsmen, inscriptions, iconography, iconographical sources, depiction of the dishes in art and their various uses.

The exhibits are presented in the next section in five categories. An introductory text proceeds in each chapter, followed by entries of the exhibits with full illustration and relevant bibliography. The chapters are dedicated to the German dishes in Cyprus (Ch. Chotzakoglou, p. 131-142), the German School paintings in Cyprus (Io. Eliades, p. 203-226), the German cartographers and travelers in Cyprus (Chr. Hadjichristodoulou, p. 227-240), the German coins in Cyprus (Ch. Chotzakoglou, p. 241-247) and the German supervisory and educational tools from the Collection of the Pancyprian Gymnasium Museums (M. Fantaros, p. 249-267). These texts are followed by a selected bibliography (p. 268-273) and tables regarding the illustrated material (p. 274-284).

The Catalogue can be ordered by the Society of Cypriot Studies in Lefkosia (tel. 22 432.578, cypriotstudies@gmail.com) and by selected bookstores. www.cypriotstudies.org