Rotunda in Thessaloniki: The Oldest Surviving Church in Greece
The Rotunda, built by Roman emperor Galerius in 306 AD, is the oldest of Thessaloniki's churches and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built at the turning point between the pagan and Christian world, probably as a temple for...
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...
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...
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...
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
Lousios Gorge: A Hike in Arcadia, Greece
Lousios Gorge has been inhabited for centuries in Greece, mainly by hermits and monks who lived in caves. Two monasteries located near the gorge remain open to visitors: Philosophou and Prodromo. The historian Pausanias described Lousios Gorge as the place...
Ancient Skulls Found in Greece Show Signs of Complex Surgery
An ancient skull that was discovered 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 AD...
The Place of Byzantium in World History
Byzantium served as an important link between antiquity and the Renaissance, and much of Greek theology and thought can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire. by Alexander Billinis The summer is ending. In some jurisdictions, school has already started, and,...
Thessaloniki Man Arrested After Found with Protected Religious Antiquities
Police charged a Thessaloniki man with holding a museum's worth of Byzantine-era relics in his home, including church icons, crosses, candlesticks, and a holy chalice. Authorities confiscated the artifacts, which were also discovered in a warehouse belonging to the...