See Nancy Serwint, “Cyprus’ Jewel by the Sea,” AO 05:05 (review-article on Vassos Karageorghis’s memoir, Excavating at Salamis in Cyprus [Athens: A.G. Leventis Foundation, 1999]).


Even the name “Cyprus” has long been associated with copper. “Cyprus” probably derives from the Semitic word kpr, meaning “henna” or “henna-colored”—the color of copper. The Greeks rendered the name as Kupros, and it later became Romanized as Cyprus. The Latin cuprum (copper) derives from “Cyprus,” and the English “copper” derives from cuprum.