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Pyrrhus of Epirus, the Ancient Greek King who Fought the Romans

Pyrrhus of Epirus (319/318–272 BC) was an ancient Greek general and statesman, widely regarded by his contemporaries and modern historians alike as one of...

Greek Fire: The Weapon That Protected the Byzantine Empire

Greek fire was a mysterious incendiary weapon that helped the mighty Byzantine Empire survive and ensure its vast sovereignty for centuries

How the New Year Was Celebrated in Alexander the Great’s Empire

Celebrating the arrival of the New Year is a popular custom around the world, as it has been for thousands of years. We find...

Nikopolis: An Extraordinary Time Capsule of Roman-Era Greece

Greece plans to apply to UNESCO to have Nikopolis included on its list of World Heritage sites marking places of enormous historical importance to...

How Did the Byzantines (Eastern Romans) Celebrate Christmas?

In the fourth century AD, the Romans abandoned the Classical pagan pantheon for Christianity. This meant swapping Saturnalia festivities for Christmas celebrations. From these...

Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor Who Embraced Greek Philosophy

The Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius ruled over the classical world's most powerful empire. In addition to his achievements as a ruler, military strategist, and...

Ancient Coin Proves ‘Fake’ Roman Emperor was Real

An ancient gold coin of a long-lost third century Roman emperor once believed to have been fake has now been proven to be real. Sponsian,...

The Vlachs: The Proud Greeks Who Speak a Romance Language

The Vlachs, a group of proud Greeks who speak a Romance language called "Vlachika," or Aromanian, have their own distinct culture and traditions within...

Ottoman Empire: Five Things You Need to Know

On the 100th year of the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire on November 1, 1922, Greek scholar Georgios Giannakopoulos looks at five things you...

Putin Reclaims Byzantium for His New Russian Empire

Putin has associated Russia with Byzantium in ways that are apparent to countries with an Orthodox legacy but are not necessarily clear to the...