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Why Was the Ancient Greek City of Hadrianopolis Suddenly Abandoned?

Archaeologists believe they will soon solve the mystery regarding the ancient Greek city of Hadrianopolis, located in the Eskipazar district of the Black Sea province of Karabuk, Turkey, which was mysteriously abandoned. Ibrahim Sahin, the culture and tourism director of...

Philokalia: The Massive Collection of Byzantine Texts Saved by a Greek Monk

Devout Greek ascetic Monk Nikodemos made it his life work to preserve and revive the Byzantine spiritual wisdom through traditional Christian Orthodox practices

Digenes Akritas, Hero of the Byzantine Borderlands

Digenes Akritas (Διγενής Ακρίτας) is one of the only surviving epic poems from the Byzantine/Eastern Roman Empire. It tells the story of the titular character, Basileios, dubbed Digenes Akritas, meaning "two-blood border lord." The epic poem is part of the...

10 Byzantine Inventions Still Used Today

The Byzantine Empire has made numerous useful contributions to the world. From the fourth to the fifteenth century, in the vast territory ruled by the Byzantines, science, technology, and human ingenuity produced remarkable inventions that shaped various aspects of...

Monastery of the Philosopher Among Oldest Byzantine Monuments in Greece

The Monastery of the Philosopher in Arcadia, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is steeped in Greek history

The History of the Arvanites in Greece

The Arvanites, descendants of people who came to Greece from what is now Albania in the Middle Ages, have their own distinct language and culture; they played an important role in the history of Greece, particularly in the War...

Justinian II, the Byzantine Emperor Who Had His Nose Cut Off

Justinian II is remembered for his brutality as the last Byzantine emperor in the Heraclian dynasty. His reign of terror inspired a popular uprising to his rule, which resulted in his nose being forcefully cut off; he later replaced...

The Hidden Ruins of Byzantine Constantinople in Today’s Istanbul

The ruins of Byzantine culture in Constantinople remain intact to this day reminding the World of the great Byzantine Empire of centuries ago

How Byzantine Architecture Influenced the World

Despite relative obscurity in Western historiography, Byzantine architecture has had a profound influence across the world. The Byzantines, also known as the Eastern Romans, developed a distinctive architectural style that has continued to influence construction to this day. Not limited...

Ancient Skulls Found in Greece Show Signs of Complex Surgery

An ancient skull that was discovered recently by anthropologists in the Paliokastro area of the island of Thasos, Greece shows signs of complicated surgery. The skull, which dates from the early Byzantine period -- the fourth to the seventh century...