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City of Gold

The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus

William Childs (Editor), J. Michael Padgett (Editor), Joanna S. Smith (Editor), Princeton University Art Museum (Other primary creator)

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Description

The modern Cypriot town of Polis Chrysochous—"City of Gold"—lies above the city of Arsinoe and the earlier city-kingdom of Marion. In 1885 excavators began exploring the extensive cemeteries of these cities. Since 1983 the Princeton Cyprus Expedition has focused on the remains of sanctuaries, public buildings, workshops, and private residences spanning the Geometric through Classical periods of Marion and the Hellenistic through Roman, early Christian, and medieval periods of Arsinoe.

Combining archaeological investigation and historical analysis, City of Gold relates the discoveries establishing that these cities had close ties with Greece and with regions from Egypt to Anatolia, findings best represented by the painted vases and terracotta sculptures of Marion and the architecture of Arsinoe. Nearly half of the 110 artifacts included in the catalogue are previously unpublished, and another third are published in detail for the first time.



Praise For City of Gold: The Archaeology of Polis Chrysochous, Cyprus

Best Book of the Year, 2012—Philadelphia Inquirer
— Philadelphia Inquirer

Princeton University Art Museum, 9780300174397, 360pp.

Publication Date: October 22, 2012



About the Author

William A. P. Childs is professor emeritus of art and archaeology at Princeton University. Joanna S. Smith is an associate professional specialist of art and archaeology at Princeton University. J. Michael Padgett is curator of ancient art at the Princeton University Art Museum.