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Famagusta, or Ammochostos in Greek, is a city located on the east coast of Cyprus.

A city in Cyprus, named in the Alliterative Morte Arthure as the home of Arthur’s Sir Florent.

Famagusta | 0 to the 9th century AD

Ancient Periods
In antiquity, Cyprus was settled by various civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Assyrians, Egyptians, and Persians. The island was a valuable resource for its copper mines.

Roman and Byzantine Periods
Cyprus became part of the Roman Empire in 58 BC and later part of the Byzantine Empire. During this time, Famagusta, like other cities on the island, would have been influenced by Roman and Byzantine culture and governance.

Arab Raids
The Mediterranean, including Cyprus, experienced Arab raids during the seventh and eighth centuries. These raids affected various coastal areas, and Cyprus was not immune to them. Famagusta, being a coastal city, may have faced challenges during this period.

Byzantine Rule Continues
Despite the external pressures, Byzantine rule continued on Cyprus. The island remained a part of the Byzantine Empire, and Famagusta likely continued to be a significant settlement within this context.

See also
Assyria | The Legend of King Arthur
Egypt | The Legend of King Arthur
Persia | The Legend of King Arthur

Alliterative Morte Arthure | c. 1400