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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

Hidden Byzantine Church in Istanbul Revealed in All Its Glory

A hidden Byzantine church and a holy spring were recently discovered at an excavation site in the Sultanahmet District of Istanbul.

The Black Death in Greece and the Byzantine Empire

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death spread rapidly throughout Asia and Europe, including in Greece and across the Byzantine empire. The Black Death is the most fatal pandemic ever recorded, as an estimated 75 to 200 million people died...

The Turbulent Life of Byzantine Empress Theodora

In Constantinople, circa 500 AD, a girl was born to a poor circus worker and his wife. That child, Theodora, would become an actress, a prostitute, a mistress, a  feminist, an empress of the civilized world, and eventually, a...

Athens Tower of the Winds is World’s Oldest Meteorological Station

The Tower of the Winds in Athens is the oldest meteorological station in the world, and one of the most important ancient monuments in Greece

Saints Cyril and Methodius: Founders of Greek Orthodoxy in Russia, Ukraine

Saints Cyril and Methodius, brothers born in Thessaloniki, were the main influence for establishing Greek Orthodoxy in Slavic nations

The Legend of the Last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos

In 1453, the Ottomans seized Constantinople, ending the Byzantine Empire and the life of its last emperor, Constantine Palaiologos.

Lake Prespa: A Greek Eco Park Steeped in History

The Lake Prespa National Park is a place where nature, culture and history mix in creating a fascinating landmark for visitors of all ages

The Armenian Contribution to Hellenism and Orthodoxy

The ties of Armenian culture and Hellenism go back at least to the 6th century BC, as a reference to Armenia was made by Greek historian Heracletus of Miletus

Byzantine Army: The World’s Most Formidable Multi-Ethnic Force

The Byzantine Army was among the most powerful and effective military forces in the world from the 7th to the 12th centuries. Starting to operate around 395 AD, the army of Byzantium was a continuation of the mighty East Roman...