The World: The Ancient Roots of Today's Bitter Conflict

Different invasions weathered and eroded it, piling monument upon monument. The contentions of monarchs and empires have stained it with blood, have wearied and refreshed its landscape repeatedly with mosques and cathedrals and fortresses. In the ebb and flow of histories and cultures it has time and time again been a flash-point where Aryan and Semite, Christian and Moslem met in a death embrace...

¬óLawrence Durrell, Bitter Lemons

With its golden beaches, dependable sunny weather and centuries-old monasteries, Cyprus would probably be known to the world only as a vacationers' paradise were it located...

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