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Edition No. 3

Edition No. 3

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The Destruction of Curium (Kourion) by an earthquake in 365 A.D.

Edition No. 3

Edition No. 3

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IssueCodeQuantitySerial Number RangeCompany
9/20020202CE85050.453.610 - 50.454.459Namaco

The front of the telecard features the destruction of Ancient Curium (Kourion) by earthquakes.

In antiquity, Curium was one of the most important city-kingdoms of Cyprus. Ancient Greek mythology relates the founding of Curium by Mycenaean Greeks from Argos in the Peloponnese around the end of the 13th century B.C. Like the other Cypriot kingdoms, it was organised on the Mycenaean model, though it was not without Eastern influences.

Curium was stricken by a series of catastrophic earthquakes, particularly during the second half of the 4th century A.D. These earthquakes marked the start of the decline of the city.

The reverse of the telecard features Dighenis Akritas, the most important mythical hero of Cypriot popular tradition, whose exploits are relived in ‘Akritic’ songs, in many local traditions and folk tales.

He is portrayed as a hero with supernatural powers that are revealed in his achievements and his struggles against beasts, monsters and even Charon (Death) himself.