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Ancient Greek Lion from Port of Piraeus Now Adorns Venice’s Arsenal

The story of the Ancient Greek Piraeus Lion, which is now in Venice, is one of several which are part of Greece's long history of ancient sculpted masterpieces -- and their subsequent looting, which has meant that many of...

Byzantine Skeletons Found in Greece Show Signs of Complex Surgery

A proto-Byzantine-era skull which was discovered by anthropologists in the Paliokastro area of Thasos shows signs of complicated surgery. The skull, which dates from the early Byzantine period -- the fourth to the seventh century AD -- bears traces 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

Lousios Gorge: A Hike in Arcadia, Peloponnese

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...

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 History of the Arvanites in Greece

The Arvanites, the 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...

Perinthos Excavations Unearth the History of Ancient Food

A team of archaeologists on Tuesday in Tekirdag, Turkey, excavated a plethora of artifacts found in the daily lives of those living in Perinthos 5,000 years ago. The archaeologist who led the project, Zeynep Kocel Erdem, told the Anadolou Agency...

Why was the Ancient Greek City of Hadrianapolis Abandoned?

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

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...

Byzantine Era Coin Showing Emperor Heraclius Discovered in Israel

A Byzantine era coin showing Emperor Heraclius on one side and Golgotha, the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on the other -- along with a complete winepress -- was unearthed this week outside Tel Aviv, Israel. Both the 1,400-year-old currency...