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Memories of Asia Minor Catastrophe Digitized by University of Florida

The 100 year anniversary of the Asia Minor catastrophe will be marked in a digital series prepared at the University of Florida's Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. The series titled "Remembering 1922", includes twelve memories of migration from the late...

Daughters’ Dowries of Asia Minor Greek Family Returned Decades Later

It has been 98 years since the day the Minoglu family were forced to leave Honaz, Turkey, entrusting their daughters' dowries to the family of their Turkish neighbors

Roman-era Bronze Diploma Found in Ancient Greek City of Perrhe

A Roman-era bronze diploma earned by a graduate of a military school in the Ancient Greek city of Perrhe was unearthed recently by archaeologists. At 1,898 years of age, it is a unique find from what was once the...

Byzantine Fortress in Ancient Greek City Pyrgion to be Unearthed

A Byzantine fortress will soon be unearthed at the ancient city of Pyrgion, the modern-day city of Birgi in what is now western Turkey, according to a statement from its lead archaeologist Veli Sevin on Friday. Excavations have already begun...

‘Shrine’ in Turkey Turns Out to be Tomb of Ancient Greek Boxer Diagoras

A 2,300-year-old tomb in southwest Turkey—once revered as a holy Islamic site—turns out to be the tomb of ancient Greek boxer Diagoras.

Greek and Roman Statues Found at Ancient Greek City of Knidos

Archaeologists' ongoing excavations in the ancient Greek city of Knidos, located in what is now southwestern Turkey, unearthed five stunningly beautiful heads of Greek and Roman statues earlier this week. Made of marble, the statues were sculpted in the...

Greek Christmas and New Year’s Customs from Asia Minor

Many people in Greece have roots from Asia Minor, and their refugee ancestors brought with them many unique Christmas traditions and customs. The festive season of Christmas and the New Year is an opportunity for many people, especially for the...

The Incredible Stories of Thousands of Greek Orphans Taken Abroad

Tens of thousands of ethnically-Greek orphans -- or, more often, children who were simply without fathers, due to war or other causes -- were taken abroad

Ceremonial Complex Found at 11,000 Year-Old Callirhoe in Asia Minor

Fantastic carvings of human heads and phallus-shaped pillars were discovered recently at a 11,000-year-old archaeological site in Turkey that is a sister "village" to the renowned Gobekli Tepe site, which is considered to be home to the oldest temple...

Gate to Temple of Zeus Unearthed in Magnesia, Turkey

The ancient Greek city of Magnesia in Asia Minor, now part of Turkey's Aydin province, was home to a spectacular stadium, temples and other monuments; it has now given up another of its ancient treasures, the gate to a...