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When the Vikings met the Greeks: Lion of Piraeus etched with Nordic runes

The mere utterance of the word Vikings, or Northmen as they were also known, used to strike fear in the hearts of the British just before and during the high middle ages, once these raiders found their way to the … Continue reading

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Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities by Bettany Hughes

The goddess is back with a remarkable history of our favourite city! Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle, where the idea is as potent as the historical fact. From the Qu’ran to Shakespeare, … Continue reading

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Late Antique and Byzantine Studies seminars at King’s College London

The seminar series continues at King’s College this Spring. Attendance is free to all. Tuesday 7 February, 17.30 Niels Gaul (Edinburgh) The Byzantium that could have been? Learning and the transmission of classical texts around the year 800 SW1.09, Somerset … Continue reading

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The 26th annual Runciman lecture: Greece in the Balkans: A Cohabitation of Past, Present and Future – 2 February

Throughout the last two centuries of Balkan history, national identities have been transformed, political cohesion of nation states has given way to segmentation and pre-modern creeds have existed next to modernist ideas. Location: King’s College, Great Hall, King’s Building, Strand … Continue reading

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The music of Saint Kassiani or Kassia the nun

Kassiani (also known as Kassia) was a ninth-century abbess and composer born in Constantinople around 810 AD. And her music is very beautiful. She was one of the first composers – and is the earliest female composer whose music has survived … Continue reading

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Like a Tramp 2016

Hello to all Blog readers! First off, I hope that you had a happy and peaceful Christmas with those that you love. I would like to say thank you to so many of you for sponsoring me in the past … Continue reading

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Christmas Day diversion – In Our Time Byzantium

If you need some diversion from food family and fatuous television this Christmas, you might like to listen to this BBC Radio 4 In Our Time programme from 2001, where Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the culture, history and legacy … Continue reading

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