Cyprus & Greek
Cyprus has had a very strong greek influence since
the days when the early greeks, the Myceneaens and
the Minoans, fled to the island after the fall of
Greece to the Dorians.
After this time, the island was taken away from
Greece by many an empire, from the Persians to
the British, to the Ottoman. Even today, it is not part
of greek, even though the majority
of the population are considered greek. With the same
basic culture, and the same language, Cyprus has always
had "the Greek connection".
As far as the language concerns, Cyprus can be considered
"greek country". Everyone, with the exception of
a few Turks in Cyprus, speaks greek. The pronounciation
is basically the same, along with the grammar, the
vocabulary, and the syntax. So if you know greek,
you technically know another language too, the language
of cyprus(which might be called "Cyproit").
So what is the only difference between Cyprus and
© Andries Smith 2000