Istanbul vs. Constantinople: Why Both Words are Greek
Istanbul is a name that the Greeks actually gave to the city. "Istanbul" derives from the Greek phrase "Is tin poli," meaning "into the city."
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 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...
The Forgotten Legacy of Byzantine Education and Learning
The Byzantines, also known as the Eastern Romans, were a literate and articulate people, with a far greater appreciation for education than most of their contemporaries. The contribution of Byzantium to higher learning and culture has been broadly overlooked by...
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...
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.