This is Room 72, the A G Leventis Gallery of Ancient Cyprus. It’s the latest in our series for #MuseumOfTheFuture looking at all the gallery spaces in the Museum. The island of Cyprus – in Greek mythology the land of Aphrodite, goddess of love – has been inhabited for at least 12,000 years. Settlers were attracted by its fertile land and traders by its abundant resources of timber and copper – the word ‘copper’ actually comes from the name Cyprus. Major political powers fought for control over Cyprus, because of its strategic location in the eastern Mediterranean. This long history of contact created a material culture that was diverse, yet still distinctively Cypriot. The objects on display in Room 72 were all made or found on the island and illustrate Cypriot culture and civilisation from its earliest known times to the end of the Roman period.