Journal of Maritime Archaeology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 221–243

Opportunistic Ports and Spaces of Exchange in Late Roman Cyprus

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11457-013-9118-0

Cite this article as:
Leidwanger, J. J Mari Arch (2013) 8: 221. doi:10.1007/s11457-013-9118-0


Ports served not only as interfaces between land and sea, but as central gathering spaces for economic and cultural exchange. Drawing on case studies from the eastern Mediterranean island of Cyprus, this paper situates opportunistic ports lacking built facilities within a broader socioeconomic context of diverse maritime communications, expanding rural settlement, and increased agricultural productivity during late antiquity. Though simple, these sites served as active agents in the development of new maritime networks as well as local markets throughout their hinterlands, adding flexibility and dynamism to the economic ties between city, countryside, and the wider late Roman world.


CyprusPortsMaritime tradeLate Roman

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ClassicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA