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Greece - Most Cypriots see themselves as Ellinez (Greek pl.) despite their somewhat patchwork heritage. Prior to the 1974 invasion, 80% of the island's population were distinctly Greek flavoured in a manner resembling the relationship between Australia and "the old country" (England).


In point of fact Cyprus has not always been Greek.
This most Hellenic of islands made it's first appearance in recorded history when it was partially occupied by Egypt in around 1450 BC, during the reign of Thutmose III.   Later mariners and trading peoples from the Mediterranean area set up settlements scattered along its coast.
The first vaguely Hellenic colony is believed to have been founded by traders from Arcadia in about 1400 BC.
The Phoenicians began to colonise the island in about 800 BC. Subsequent Assyrian authority was followed by Egyptian occupation (550 BC), then Persian (525 BC). Alexander the Great took Cyprus from Persia in 333 BC, and after his death in 323 BC the island again became an Egyptian possession, under the Ptolemies.

Rome gained control in 58 BC, followed by the Byzantines in AD 395, who ruled until 1191, when Richard the 1st (A.K.A.The Lionhearted) seized Cyprus. In 1489 Venice took control of Cyprus.
Turkey captured the island in 1571 and held it until 1878, when Turkey was defeated in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878. Fearing greater expansion by Russia, Turkey offered the island to the British.
All in all then this "Greek" island enjoys a multi national heritage to be proud of and which it enthusiastically ignores.
This blinkered approach to history also produces a few minor historical blind spots that it is wisest neither to challenge nor to laugh at.  Logic will not save you here.


1. Greece is the home of all civilisation.
This argument only works if you draw a discrete veil over the Sumerian civilisation back in 4000 BC, the Egyptian civilisation around 3000 BC, the Far Eastern civilisation in China about 2200 BC, the Minoan (c. 2000 BC), the Babylonian (c. 1700 BC), the Indian (c. 1500 BC), the Semitic (also c. 1500 BC) with the Graeco-Roman emerging breathlessly at a somewhat tardy 1100 BC. 
Some might argue that as the Minoans were based on Crete and Crete is now a Greek island thus their civilisation was in fact Greek. However the same argument would mean that the Egyptians, Persians, Venetians and British are also Greek as they occupied Greek Cyprus and is thus difficult to defend.
The child is not his own father.


2. Greece gave the world recorded history and literature
These claims should be viewed warily as the Greek alphabet emerged at around 1,000 to 900 BC from the Phoenician variant of the Semitic alphabet and not in a blaze of divine Hellenic inspiration as heretofore suggested.
Presumably in order to have developed an alphabet, these people took the trouble to write something with it other than notes to the milkman. Hence literature and recorded history.
Furthermore, remember cuneiform (pre 3000 BC) and hieroglyphics (some 100 years later.).

The actual concept of the city-state in the Athenian pattern, the democratic cornerstone of the Greek civilisation, emerged as late as 700-300 BC, although its Arcadian progenitors managed to get out of bed early enough to spread into the Mediterranean around 1050-500 BC.


3. The Greeks are the fathers of modern medicine with a tradition dating from 600BC.
With the exception of the Mesopotamians (approximately 3,500BC to 2330BC) with their pharmacopoeia of some 500 drugs, Imhotep (2725 BC, the earliest recorded physician), the Semitic book of Leviticus with its detailed instructions on feminine hygiene and the segregation of the sick, plus the Indians who used anaesthesia in their treatment of the sick in 1500 BC, they may well be at that.