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The ancient site of Idalion is located on the commune of Dali (which owes its name to a deformation of the ancient name), in the district of Nicosia, on the island of Cyprus. The excavations showed a human occupation that dates back to the Neolithic.

In the Neo-Assyrian writings, Idalion appears in the form of "Edial" among the 10 cities of the Adnana, with his head a king named Akestor.

A syllabic inscription, dated 470 AD, tells us that there was always a king at Idalion during the Persian domination:

Subsequently, the kingdom of Idalion was annexed to that of Kition. The kings then assume the title of "King of Kition and Idalion."

However, archaeological excavations revealed that there was, at the northeast, at "Ayios Sozomenos", an older occupation site. It was in the 13th century BC that its inhabitants moved to the Dali site, preserving, no doubt, the same designation for their city.


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My notes of veracity :

Idalion was the city called Edial in the Neo-Assyrian writings, and probably existed under this name during the end of the Bronze Age: 3/5

Tag(s) : #Region: Cyprus, #Kingdom: Ya Adnana

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