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The Passion of Christ goes digital – from Athen’s Byzantine and Christian Museum

In time for this holy week period, the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens is offering a digital tour of some of its best works. This gold-embroidered Epitaphios (liturgical vestment) dated to 1751 from the famous workshop of Mariora in … Continue reading

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Complete set of A Short History of Byzantium audio for sale

There is a very rare opportunity to purchase the hugely enjoyable and authoritative  complete and unabridged audiobook of John Julius Norwich’s “A Short History of Byzantium”, brilliantly narrated by John McDonough. From its beginnings in A.D. 330, this audiobook provides listeners … Continue reading

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The first Byzantine Museum in the Peloponnese opens in Argos

Just in time for your summer holiday visit to the Peloponnese, a new museum dedicated to Byzantine history and culture has opened its doors in Argos. It opened its gates to the public on 9 March 2017.The foundation of the … Continue reading

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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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Outlandish Knight: The Byzantine Life of Steven Runciman

By the time he died, in 2000 at the age of 97, Sir Steven Runciman knew that he was a “‘relict of a past age’”, the “embodiment of a…nearly mythical era.” Minoo Dinshaw’s brilliantly entertaining biography of the great historian … Continue reading

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Monks’ Secret: Asbestos Lurking Beneath Byzantine Wall Paintings

Hundreds of years before asbestos became ubiquitous in the construction industry, Byzantine monks used the fibrous material in plaster coatings underlying their wall paintings during the late 1100s, new research shows. By Joseph Castro First published in Live Science, April … Continue reading

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When Brothers Dwell in Unity: Byzantine Christianity and Homosexuality

This book was brought to my attention recently and I thought that it deserved to be shared with a wider audience. Same sex relationships are not an area that I feel at all confident commenting on, but what we all … Continue reading

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Julian The Apostate – Last Pagan Emperor

At the end of June AD 363 in the north of what is now Iraq, a Roman emperor died from a fatal wound after a battle and with him the last hope of paganism in the Roman empire died. By … Continue reading

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War and peace on the Byzantine-Islamic border

Given the current events on what was the much disputed border between Rome/Byzantium and the Sassanid/Persian empires this book may make interesting reading, but the sad fact is that visiting many of the areas under discussion is now impossible unless … Continue reading

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