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Oxford Announces SNF Director of Centre for Byzantine Research as Part of Broader Expansion

Peter Frankopan, the historian known for making the discipline accessible and relevant to a general public, has been named the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. Frankopan’s new appointment is one element of a … Continue reading

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Thessaloniki metro construction reveals Byzantine treasures

The construction of a metro network beneath the Greek city of Thessaloniki has unearthed an extraordinary treasure trove of ancient artefacts, from gold wreaths and rings to statues of the goddess Aphrodite. The progress of the metro system has been … Continue reading

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The Seljuks: Nomads Who Built an Empire and Took On Byzantine Power

I thought this an interesting little piece about the Seljuks who I could do with knowing more about. It was they who defeated the Romans at the Battle of Manzikert, capturing Byzantine emperor, Romanos IV. It was a defeat that … Continue reading

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Museum Of Russian Icons Announces Partnership With The British Museum

It is a great shame that the British Museum has so few icons in its collection, but those that it does have are of major significance, and can now be viewed in the online catalogue of the Museum of Russian … Continue reading

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Albania’s Voskopoja churches make it to Europe’s 7 most endangered heritage sites

Continuing the focus on endangered churches in Albania, there is good and bad news. The post-Byzantine churches in Voskopoja and Vithkuq, southeastern Albania, have made it to Europe’s seven most endangered heritage sites for 2018, in a ranking that helps mobilise … Continue reading

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Ruined Albanian churches could be tourist magnet if repaired

As someone who has made four visits to Albania (more than I have made to Spain!) this article was of great interest to me. Saving the many Byzantine churches of Albania would certainly be worthwhile, but as this article shows, … Continue reading

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Leading Oxford professor of Byzantine Studies, Dr Mark Whittow, killed in car crash

Leading academics and the president of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, have paid tribute to Oxford University lecturer Dr Mark Whittow after he died before Christmas. Dr Whittow is believed to have died in a collision on the M40 motorway on … Continue reading

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