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How Homer’s Epics Survived After the Fall of the Ancient Greek World

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were the two epics that brought the ideas of Greek civilization to the world and served as the foundation of Western literature. Both works were composed in the late eighth or early seventh century BC. They...

Little Known Facts About the Byzantine Empire

The contribution of the Byzantine Empire to Western Civilization was of great importance as it preserved ancient Greek knowledge in philosophy and science

The History of the Ancient Greek Colonies in the Black Sea

The ancient Greeks established cities across the four corners of the Mediterranean. However, the Black Sea was of particular importance to them, with the area becoming a hub of the ancient Greek world beyond its metropolis. The ventures into the...

Philokalia: The Massive Collection of Byzantine Texts Saved by a Greek Monk

Devout Greek ascetic Monk Nikodemos made it his life work to preserve and revive the Byzantine spiritual wisdom through traditional Christian Orthodox practices

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...

Why Was Greek the Predominant Language of the Byzantine Empire?

Greek was the predominant language spoken in the Byzantine Empire (Eastern Roman). Despite Romans establishing the empire, Latin was always ranked second. The lands that Alexander the Great dominated during his conquests in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa...

The Byzantine’s Hidden Impact on Education

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...

World’s First Robot was Made in Ancient Greece

The world’s first robot operated in Anciient Greece. The Automate Therapaenis (automatic maid) was the name of a technological miracle during the third century BC

How Did an Ancient Byzantine Gold Coin End Up in Norway?

A Byzantium-era gold coin that was recently discovered in the mountains of southern Norway has historians and archaeologists perplexed over how it ended up there. The coin is a Byzantine histamenon nomisma. These were introduced in Byzantium around 960 AD...

Barbarian Invasions in Central Greece During the Byzantine Era

Barbarian invasions in Greece during the Byzantine era were common, with mostly Albanian and Slav tribes settling in the fertile plains of Thessaly