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Poor performance or anti-Greek conspiracy? The campaign to save the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King’s College London is controversial

When a Dutch friend who had walked the Via Egnatia with me sent me an email in mid-February about a proposal to close or reorganize the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at King’s College London, I could not … Continue reading

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Take a Walk to Byzantium Along the Via Egnatia

Note: the first leg started on 2 May BUT it is possible to join the groups even at short notice. This is not like a package holiday! If you want to join at short notice contact Paula Jansen, paam.jansen[at]gmail.com The … Continue reading

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Destination Byzantium! The 2010 Via Egnatia Caravan

The dates for the Via Egnatia Foundation’s 2010 trek along the ancient Via Egnatia have been announced. The destination is Istanbul; through the mythical Golden Gate, and maybe ending at Hagia Sophia? Note: the first leg started on 2 May … Continue reading

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Walking to Find Byzantium

I have waited until now to catch-up on the walk I have just completed with a group from the Via Egnatia Foundation. Warning this is a long post! I thought I needed time to reflect before putting finger to keyboard. … Continue reading

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Discovery of the Via Egnatia Commences!

We are all entering into the unknown. We have to build the group and make sure that our mules and donkeys behave! The route of the road is not so well known so I guess we will be doing some work to try to clarify it and map it a little better. Such a diverse group of people are bound to come up with ideas for the future: archeological work; cultural endeavours; long distance footpath development etc. Continue reading

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Byzantium and Leadership in a Crisis

“There is nothing more conducive to the destruction of a nation, whether it be republic or monarchy, than the lack of men of wisdom and intellect. When a republic has many citizens, or a monarchy many ministers, of high quality it quickly recovers from those losses that are brought about by misfortune. When such men are lacking, it falls into the very depths of disgrace. That is why I deplore the present state of the Empire which, having produced so many excellent men in the past, has now been reduced to such a level of sterility that today’s governors possess nothing to elevate them above those whom they govern.” Continue reading

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Welcome to My Byzantine Blog

How do you start a blog? What pearls of wisdom can one offer to amuse, educate, and inform the thousands of readers that you expect will flock to read your musings about your chosen subject? (Pause for effect) … I … Continue reading

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