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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

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.

What Do Greeks Have Against Tuesday the 13th?

Like the Anglo-Saxons consider Friday the 13th a bad luck day, Greeks have branded Tuesday the 13th as a day you'd rather stay home and avoid everything that might cause an accident. The main reason Tuesday the 13th is not...

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 1,500-Year-Old Lady’s Sandals with Sweet Message in Greek

A pair of 1,500-year-old lady's sandals with a sweet message in Greek were discovered during a dig in Istanbul and have become one of the major attractions of the city's archaeological museum. The sandals have a message in Greek which...

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...

The Legend of the Last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine Palaiologos

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

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...

7 Cities in Turkey of Great Greek Heritage

In today’s land of Asia Minor, cradle of ancient Greek scientific and philosophical thought, visitors still find the remnants of a great past.

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,...