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Brief Remarks on Cypriot Identity with Marios Prodromou: Member, World Genius Directory (2)


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2020/12/08


Marios Sophia Prodromou is a member of the World Genius Directory. He discusses: Cypriot identity; the Turks; the Greeks; intercommunal violence; the origin of Cypriot self-consciousness; Greek-Cypriots are Christian; British-Cypriots; district differences; and the core philosophy.

Keywords: Cypriot, Cyprus, Marios Prodromou, World Genius Directory.

Brief Remarks on Cypriot Identity with Marios Prodromou: Member, World Genius Directory (2)

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is Cypriot identity?

Marios Prodromou[1],[2]*: There are Greek-Cypriots and Turkish-Cypriots. Duality exists among Cypriot identity.

Jacobsen: How is Cypriot identity seen to the Turks?

Prodromou: They call themselves Turkish-Cypriots and have the same rights as Greek-Cypriots.

Jacobsen: How is Cypriot identity seen to the Greeks?

Prodromou: Same as above.

Jacobsen: How has intercommunal violence played out in terms of self-identity of Cypriots?

Prodromou: The past has left a lot of scars on both communities.

Jacobsen: What is the origin of Cypriot self-consciousness outside of, if not parallel with, the nation-state?

Prodromou: If you are born in a Greek family you receive an ID card as a Greek-Cypriot.  If you are born in a Turkish family your ID card would say Turkish-Cypriot. Both categories have the same rights and you can get a Cyprus Passport and travel freely in the EU

Jacobsen: How is Christian identity tied to Cypriot identity?

Prodromou: Nearly all Greek-Cypriots are Christian

Jacobsen: How does this play out in practical terms for the well-off and the poor alike with Cypriot heritage?

Prodromou: The church wins.

Jacobsen: Are there many remnants of British identity leftover in Cypriot identity?

Prodromou: We have a third class of British-Cypriots.   Most of them get a Cyprus ID card but keep their British Passport. I fall into this category.

Jacobsen: For Famagusta, Kyrenia, Lamaca, Limassol, NIcosia, and Paphos, are there district differences in ways in which the Cypriot self-identity expresses itself in social and cultural life? If so, how? If not, why not?

Prodromou: No. Cyprus is a population of less than a million. 90 mins drive from one side of the island to another.  People mix with one another every day.

Jacobsen: What is the core philosophy inherent in the identity of a Cypriot?

Prodromou: The love for Cyprus.  An island with a lot of history. The island of love and of Aphrodite and Dionysos.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Marios.

Prodromou: Thank you too, Scott, it’s been a real pleasure.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Member, World Genius Directory.

[2] Individual Publication Date: December 8, 2020:; Full Issue Publication Date: January 1, 2021:

*High range testing (HRT) should be taken with honest skepticism grounded in the limited empirical development of the field at present, even in spite of honest and sincere efforts. If a higher general intelligence score, then the greater the variability in, and margin of error in, the general intelligence scores because of the greater rarity in the population.


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