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Hellenic-American Cultural Foundation’s Online Seminar on Byzantium

Well. We missed this as there was no real marketing beforehand. However, the news report makes some interesting points. If the lecture recording is posted online I shall make you all aware. First published in The National Herald. The Hellenic-American … Continue reading

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The making of Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

Join Cappella Romana and the documentary of the making of their Billboard Chart-topping recording, #TheLostVoicesOfHagiaSophia. A full look at the story and the technology behind the music, as well as interviews with Cappella Romana members Alexander Lingas, John Michael Boyer, … Continue reading

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Statue of the last Byzantine Emperor is unveiled in Piraeus

Following along from our recent series on the Fall of Constantinople, a statue of the last Emperor of the Byzantine Empire, Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos, was last week unveiled in Athens. The statue has been erected in the square of … Continue reading

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“Better Turks than Latins!” – The Aftermath and the New City

Mehmet had now achieved the goal that for centuries had been the sacred duty of the faithful to capture the Christian capital. Born during a plague that had killed two of his brothers, he was the third son of a … Continue reading

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BBC’s Chronicle – The Fall of Constantinople

Here is a little gem and a blast from the past. John Julius Norwich (who wrote the excellent and accessible trilogy on the history of Byzantium) tells the dramatic story of the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire, followed … Continue reading

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The Fall of Constantinople 29 May 1453

Having said his farewells and taken the sacrament I would like to think that Constantine was at peace. He had done all he could and fought bravely with this soldiers and allies. He must have realised on that warm May … Continue reading

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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

The fifth … We come now to the last hours of Byzantium. The defenders were weary after defending the city since April 5th. The Emperor’s hope lay with a relief fleet from Venice, but this had failed to appear. On … Continue reading

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Move the Navy by Road!

Number four … As you know I have been away in Albania and Macedonia trying to walk (part) of the way to Byzantium. I have felt very bad about not posting but there was little time and even less internet … Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople – An Update

The Sultan decided to concentrate his fire to achieve a greater effect. Remember some of his cannon were so large they they could only fire a round every few hours. He needed what modern commanders would call ‘concentration of effort’. When all cannon were in place the bombardment then continued unabated until the night before the Fall, that is for another forty eight days. Just think what it would have been like to live with the threat of cannon firing at your home all the time. Given that the citizens of Constantinople had never experience this before, you have to recognise how amazing the human spirit is to adapt so quickly in a fight for survival. Continue reading

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If Only Constantine Had Employed Urban

The Byzantines called this Rumeli Hisar, or “The castle of Romeland”, which was a pretty good name as it was the medieval equivalent of the Sultan parking his tank on the Emperor’s lawn. Mehmet could do as he pleased and respected no treaties. Continue reading

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The Siege of Constantinople Begins

On this day, 5 April in 1453, the Ottoman Turkish Sultan, Mehmet I (1402-1421) arrived to join his army establishing its siege of Constantinople. Continue reading

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From the plan to the image – the making of an icon

From the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens. The making of an icon, from the wooden board up! 20 minutes of fun.

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Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia – Cappella Romana Livestream Saturday May 2

Prokeimenon – Cappella Romana from Duygu Eruçman on Vimeo. Coming this weekend by livestream — Icons of Sound: Hagia Sophia Reimagined! ********* This film will be kept available for at least one week on this link **********   Cappella Romana … Continue reading

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Medicine and healthcare in the eastern Roman Empire – a short documentary

This is an original review of the available scientific literature on the medicine and healthcare system of the Roman empire after emperor Constantine the Great. By “A bored scientist’s guide to the universe” References: Lapin A., Wien Med Wochenschr, 2008 … Continue reading

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A request – download the Kings’ College Covid-19 tracker app

Hello All, Today I’d like to share a direct appeal with you. Many of you may be aware of and are using the Covid-19 tracker app from the team at ZOE and Kings’ College London. Over 2.6m people report their … Continue reading

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