Tag Archives: Greece

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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Bankers at the Gates

FEW Greeks have a good word to say about the European banking system these days. They believe it’s the real reason for their current crisis, having pushed easy money on their politicians and now demanding a pound of financial flesh. … Continue reading

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Recent wordscene posts about Mystras

We have recently featured some of Peter Webscott’s posts from his blog ‘wordscene‘. He mailed me a few days ago to highlight a couple more about Mystras. I hope you enjoy them. They include some good original photographs. Mystras: last … Continue reading

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Greek monastery on slide to safety

THESSALONIKI, Greece — Engineers in northern Greece on Thursday began a costly operation to move a 12th-century Byzantine monastery that occupies land earmarked for a hydroelectric dam, an AFP photographer said. The state-run Public Power Corporation is spending 850,000 euros … Continue reading

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The Eagle Has Two Faces: Journeys through Byzantine Europe

Alexander Billinis is an American with Greek parents. He has travelled and worked all over the Balkans and now lives with his family in Serbia, writing about the region, in particular the trials and tribulations of the Greeks. This article … Continue reading

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Mystras: A haven of Byzantine civilization

In 1249, William II of Villehardouin, the Frankish ruler of the Peloponnese, began building Mystras, a fortress on a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt Taygetos, 6 kilometers northwest of the present-day town of Sparta, the capital of … Continue reading

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Easter customs around the Cyclades islands

First published in ekathimerini.com Amorgos, the easternmost of the Cycladic Islands, “would well repay a visit… for its quaint costumes and customs and unadulterated simplicity. But those are luckiest who can visit it at Easter,” wrote James Bent, British archaeologist and … Continue reading

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I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the content of this site but there is certainly a huge amount of information and photographs here covering art, history, religion, the emperors, major cities etc. It may be worth a visit if … Continue reading

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Brothels, Baths and Babes: Prostitution in the Byzantine Holy Land

When addressing Byzantium it appears that much of the attention of academics and those that read this blog is focused on the obvious subjects; imperial history; the rise and fall of the emperors; iconoclasm; art; the development of the Orthodox Church; and … Continue reading

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Byzantine Museum Athens’ new exhibition: ‘From Byzantium to the Modern Era’

For those of you planning a trip to Athens this summer you may be interested in a visit to the new permanent exhibition at the  Byzantine & Christian Museum. The museum website (which is pretty slow) describes the background to the … Continue reading

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Not quite Byzantium

This article is controversial, but so is much of what is written about Greece at the moment. The situation appears not only to be financially painful, but national pride and sensitivities have been hurt as well. EU demands for austerity … Continue reading

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The Patrick Leigh Fermor Blog

I have to admit to leading a double life over the last few weeks. In early March I started a new blog dedicated to the life, work, friends and associations with the man whom I consider to be the greatest … Continue reading

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Saint George’s Day – Some Icons

April 23rd is St George’s day. He is the patron saint of England as well as Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia. In a recent poll, 6% of English people feared flying the flag of St George and … Continue reading

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Centre for Hellenic Studies King’s College London: a new future?

It would be nice to think that all those who joined the petition to save the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King’s College London were able to sway the mind of College Principal Rick Trainor. Whatever the … Continue reading

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The Greek-Macedonian dispute – time to return to the drawing board?

This is a long but interesting piece by Spyros A. Sofos, a Senior Research Fellow in International Politics at the Helen Bamber Centre for the Study of Rights, Conflict and Mass Violence of Kingston University, London. For those who have an … Continue reading

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