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Kalavryta: The First Greek Town Liberated From the Ottomans
On March 21, 1821 the Greek rebels started the siege of Kalavryta, making it the first Greek town that was liberated from the Ottomans, thus declaring the start of the Greek War of Independence.
The Mt. Athos Academy that Preserved Greek Identity Under the Ottomans
The historic Athonite or Athonias Academy at Mount Athos, the Holy Mountain of Orthodoxy, was instrumental in promoting Christianity and the Greek identity during...
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...
Thessaloniki Marks Anniversary of Liberation From Ottomans
It was October 26, 1912 when freedom bells rang in Thessaloniki, as the Greek army liberated the city from Ottoman rule. The city was...
Greek Assyrians Search for Justice a Century After Ottoman Pogrom
The Greek Assyrian minority in northern Iraq was driven from the oil-rich area of Mosul in the 1910s after a pogrom launched by the Ottomans
How Orthodox Martyrs Saved the Greek Language Under Ottoman Rule
The Greek language survived almost 400 years of Ottoman rule due to the Greek Orthodox Church, which protected and taught the language.
Notorious Ottoman Pirate Barbarossa Was Half Greek
The notorious pirate, Barbarossa, who eventually went on to be an Admiral in the Ottoman Navy, was surprisingly half Greek. The pirate was extremely successful,...
How Climate Change Weakened the Ottoman Empire
At its peak, the Ottoman Empire spanned three continents, controlling a vast part of Southeastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
The Chios Massacre: The Worst Atrocity Committed by the Ottomans
The Chios massacre of 1822 was perhaps the worst atrocity carried out by the Ottomans against Greeks during the Greek War of Independence.
Greek Islanders Battled French, Ottomans Over Venus de Milo Statue
The Aphrodite of Milo, better known as Venus de Milo, is one of the most representative statues of the Hellenistic period of Greek sculpture.