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Largest-ever Byzantine Wine Press Found in Central Israel

The largest wine press in the entire Byzantine world was discovered recently in central Israel. Archaeologists say that the gigantic wine factory could produce an astounding 2 million liters of wine per year. Located in Yavneh, an area which has...

Byzantine Warrior With Gold-Threaded Jaw Found in Greece

A Byzantine warrior whose previously-broken jaw was mended with gold thread has been unearthed in Greece; new scholarship has revealed that he had been operated on using a technique propounded by the Greek physician Hippocrates 1,800 years earlier. Killed on...

Gate to Byzantine City, Ottoman Baths Discovered under Mytilene Castle

Recent excavations undertaken by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesvos  have revealed new Byzantine structures and baths dating back to the Ottoman era.

United States and Turkey Sign Cultural Property Agreement

The United States and Turkey signed a "Cultural Property Agreement" on Tuesday which ostensibly calls for the protection of cultural property in Turkey but has set off alarm bells in the academic community, with many fearing that it paves...

Archdiocese of North America Petitions UN on Hagia Sophia Reconversion

It was announced on Tuesday that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is petitioning United Nations experts to hold the Republic of Turkey accountable for what the archdiocese calls "its deliberate policies to erase the cultural heritage of Orthodox...

Athens Virtual Reality Theater Presents Hagia Sophia History

The 1,500-year-old history of Hagia Sophia, the iconic world cultural heritage site and the most spectacular Orthodox cathedral in eastern Christendom, is showcased in a new 45-minute show at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre's dome-shaped Virtual Reality Theatre, 'Tholos', in...

What Was Theophanes of Constantinople’s Contribution to Early Russia?

By Catherine Tsounis Catherine Tsounis is a published author of Greek descent and a travel enthusiast who gives us insight into the Byzantine influence in Russia through her recent travels there. From late September to early October, I saw the masterpieces...