Archive for the ‘History’ Category

  • Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate

    on Dec 13, 12 • in Architecture, Bulgaria, Christianity, History, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on Basilica from the time of Constantine the Great found at Sofia’s Serdica West Gate

    Archaeologists in Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia have found a basilica said to date from the time of emperor Constantine the Great in the area of the West Gate of Serdica, as the city was known in Roman times. The basilica is 27 metres wide and about 100m long, according to Yana Borissova-Katsarova, head of research at the site. It featured multi-coloured mosaics. Further exploration of the find will be difficult because of its location under the modern city. Sofia deputy mayor in charge of culture, Todor Chobanov, said that the discovery of the basilica may

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  • Byzantine History of the World to be Studied and Made Accessible

    on Nov 23, 12 • in Byzantine, History, News • with Comments Off on Byzantine History of the World to be Studied and Made Accessible

    The University of Tübingen is to host a third long-term research project backed by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the field of Ancient History. Tübingen historian Professor Mischa Meier is to head a comprehensive 12-year investigation into the Chronographia of the Byzantine historiographer Ioannes Malalas (born around 490 AD), providing a modern commentary and making the text accessible to researchers and the public. The project begins on January 1, 2013, and will receive around €220,000 annually. The Academies of Sciences and Humanities are Germany’s biggest sponsors of Humanities projects, with a total

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  • Strangers in our own city

    on Nov 22, 12 • in Archaeology, Architecture, Cultural heritage, History, Ottoman period, Religion, Republic of Macedonia, Tourism, Turkey • with Comments Off on Strangers in our own city

    When you see a group of around fifty people, who are listening to the tourist guide with great interest while they are vigorously taking photos, you will probably think that they are some foreign tourist that have decided to visit Skopje. But, still it wasn’t like that in our case. We were the strangers in our own city. One day in May, the team of Balkon 3 took part in the three-hour walk through the Ottoman heritage of Skopje, which was organized for free by the archaeologist and tourist guide Vasilka Dimitrovska. We visited four mosques

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