The Ancient Ruins of Salamis, the Once Thriving Port City of Cyprus
Rock-cut tombs in other locations were used for commoners. As the individuals in society were classified into their roles during life, so they maintained those roles in death.
Salamis also contains a massive outdoor theater, which would have sat up to 15,000 people over 50 rows of seating. Around the buildings buried marble statues have been excavated. They are damaged, and with heads missing, as the statues were destroyed as Christianity took hold.
Theater of the ancient city of Salamis. Wikimedia Commons
Theater of Salamis, aerial view. “Built at the beginning of the 1st century AD and destroyed by the earthquakes of the mid-4th century. The auditorium was erected above a podium built of limestone monoliths.” Thomas Sagory/ Flickr
Whether Salamis was founded by the legendary Teucer, or by the local Enkomi, Salamis today survives only as an ancient abandoned city which, if ruins could talk, would have a million tales to tell.
Perhaps with further studies we can get a better idea of how inhabitants of Salamis lived, and what other Homeric rites they may have performed. For now, we can listen to the legends and tales and simply try to imagine what a sight it must have been when Salamis was a thriving port city on the island of Cyprus.
Featured image: Salamis was an ancient city-state on the east coast of Cyprus, at the mouth of the river Pedieos. Wikimedia Commons
Teucer – Salamina. Available from: http://www.salamina.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=476&language=en-US
Salamis – Ancient Roman City – Cypnet. Available from: http://www.cypnet.co.uk/ncyprus/city/famagusta/salamis/
Salamis – Britanica. Available from: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/518939/Salamis
Salamis Cyprus – Bible Places. Available from: http://www.bibleplaces.com/salamis-cyprus.htm
By M R Reese