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Putin Reclaims Byzantium for His New Russian Empire

Putin has associated Russia with Byzantium in ways that are apparent to countries with an Orthodox legacy but are not necessarily clear to the rest of the world. By Theodore Christou Russia's two-headed eagle often worn by Russian athletes on their...

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

The Akathist Hymn: A Lyric Poem of Unparalleled Beauty

The Akathist Hymn, which is chanted on the first five successive Fridays of Lent in the Eastern Orthodox Church, is dedicated to Virgin Mary.

Remains of Female Clergy Found in Mysterious Byzantine Basilica in Israel

The ruins of a spectacular Byzantine-era basilica with intricate mosaics, unearthed in the Mediterranean city of Ashdod, Israel, have also proven to be the the site of a mass grave, according to recent research. The enormous basilica not only has...

UNESCO “Gravely Concerned” Over Ukraine Sites Threatened by Invasion

UNESCO, the UN's Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, says it is "gravely concerned" over its listed sites in Ukraine which are threatened by the Russian invasion of the country. Sites of supreme Ukrainian importance have already sustained damage, including one...

The Diakonia Center: America’s Mystras

With perhaps a bit of poetic license, The Metropolis of Atlanta’s Diakonia Center is, if not Mystras, then it is a Mystras-in-process.

Mani, Greece: A Destination of Unique Beauty and Rich History

The Mani peninsula in the Peloponnese has a unique, stark landscape and its rich history and traditions make it a stunning destination.

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...

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.

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...