Byzantine

The Eastern Roman Empire

Byzantine-era road uncovered in Jerusalem

The Madaba Map, a mosaic depicting 6th-7th century Jerusalem, shows Cardo Street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Now, the Byzantine-era street has been discovered by archaeologists.

Lycanthropy and the Byzantines

Apparently the Byzantines had a werewolf problem, according to a new article by four scholars from the University of Athens. "Lycanthropy in Byzantine times ([CE] 330–1453)," looks at how doctors in the Empire dealt with patients who believed they were werewolves.

Grammar of medieval and early-modern Greek subject of major study

A major multi-year study, five years underway, seeks to provide the first detailed grammar of the 3400-year-old Greek language as it evolved from 1100 to 1700 CE.

Byzantine Gospel of Mark a forgery say scientists

A recent scientific study of the Archaic Mark, a 44-page codex, believed to be "an important witness to the early text of the gospel," has been proven to be a 19th century forgery according to a team of experts from the university of Chicago.

Robert Ballard finds Byzantine ship in the Aegean

A 60 Minutes segment on underwater explorer Robert Ballard includes a discussion of the discovered wreck a 7th century Byzantine ship in the Aegean Sea.

Bosphorus tunnel project creates "Indiana Jones-type" archaeological dig

When construction workers for Istanbul's overwhelmed subway system opened up a tunnel running under the Bosphorus Strait, they expected to begin a process to relieve the traffic congestion. Instead, they uncovered the lost Byzantine port of Theodosius, complete with "an ancient armada: 34 Byzantine ships ranging from dating between the 7th and 11th centuries AD."

The treasures of Greek Istanbul

Many of the treasures of historic Istanbul, Turkey find their origins in their Greek past. Kristian Kamp of Today's Zaman looks at the Greek and Byzantine heritage of the city on the Bosporus, from its earliest days as the town of Chalcedon to its heyday as the Byzantine center of the Christian church.

5th century Byzantine cathedral and human remains found in Syria

An early Byzantine cathedral, complete with columns and stairs, has been discovered by the excavation team in Tal Al-Hasaka site in north eastern Syria. Also found was the "skeleton of a human who died of torture."

Byzantine seal found near Varna

Bulgarian archaeologists working at a medieval monastery near the Bulgarian city of Varna have discovered a 10th century Byzantine seal believed to have belonged to an imperial protospatario in Constantinople.

Byzantine angel revealed

Concealed for more than 100 years behind plaster, a mosaic angel dating to the 14th century has been revealed in the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

Connecticut's 5th Century Christian Church

A researcher believes a site in Connecticut is an early Christian church, built by Byzantine monks who fled from North Africa during the 5th Century, in the wake of the Vandal invasions.

Tulips brought to Europe by the Turks

New research by experts at the University of Cordoba and the School of Arabic Studies seems to indicate that the first tulips in Europe were brought to Islamic Spain by way of Byzantium. The bulbs could then have been brought to Holland, where they became the country's symbol.

Peacock and pomegranates subject of Byzantine painting

An archaeological team working near Salqin, Syria have discovered a large painting dating to the Byzantine era. The work depicts a large peacock (a symbol of the early church), two pomegranates, a small bird and olive trees. (photo)

Medieval treasures in Nashville until June 7, 2009

Residents of Nashville, Tennessee have the rare opportunity to view "some of the finest medieval art in the United States" when the Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Medieval Treasures from the Cleveland Museum of Art now through June 7, 2009.

[ACR] Fourth Crusade

The year is 1203. Crusading zeal is at its height, but the Muslims still control the Holy Land. From the Purple Palace in Constantinople reigns Emperor Alexius III, heir to the once-mighty Roman Empire. Eight centuries later, the year is 2009. Come recreate one of the greatest sieges in history. Constantinople may have fallen during the Fourth Crusade, but this time the Byzantines have one thing that they lacked in 1203-Haus Von Drachenklaue!

Byzantine bathhouse excavation continues during rocket attacks

Archaeologists are working amidst rocket-fire to complete the excavation of a Byzantine village, complete with a large bathhouse, near Gaza in Israel. Because of the existence and size of the luxury bathhouse, experts believe that the area was inhabited by wealthy residents.

Medieval Academy of America

The Medieval Academy of America is a web site devoted to scholarly research of the medieval period. They offer a magazine, Speculum, which has been published since at least 1975. There is a searchable index of articles if you are interested in a particular subject.

Princeton professor gives Runciman Lecture in London

Judith Herrin of Princeton University recently delivered the 18th Runciman Lecture in London. Her topic was "We are all the children of Byzantium," a discussion of how Byzantine history and culture influenced - and continues to influence - life in Europe.

Byzantine emperor graces coins found in Jerusalem treasure hoard

Israeli archaeologist Doron Ben-Ami is excited about the discovery of a hoard of 7th century coins found concealed in a Jerusalem wall. The coins, which bear the likeness of Byzantine emperor Heraclius, were most likely hidden to keep them from invading Persians.

Byzantine bathhouse found in Israel

Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority report that a 5th century Byzantine bathhouse has been discovered in Zikhron Ya‘aqov, Israel. The "magnificent" structure is well-preserved and believed to have belonged to a private residence. (photo)

Byzantine floor may have graced church in Jerusalem

The discovery of a simple mosaic floor beneath Temple Mount's Aksa Mosque has led archaeologists to speculate that the Mosque may have superceded a Byzantine church, but other experts disagree.

Treasures of "first Byzantine port" wow experts

An amazing assortment of artifacts have been found beneath the waters on the Marmaris Sea near Istanbul with the discovery of what is thought to be the "first Byzantine port of the ancient city of Constantinople." The treasures are giving archaeologists a glimpse of life in 4th century Byzantium.

"Glimmering visions" await visitors to Byzantine treasures exhibit

Visitors to Byzantium: Treasures of a lost empire at London's Royal Academy of Arts are in for a treat. Over 350 seldom-seen artifacts from the museum's collection and others will be on display until March 22, 2009. Rachel Campbell-Johnston of the Times Online has a review.

Archimedes Palimpsest Project celebrates 10th anniversary

William Noel, Curator of Manuscripts for the Walters Art Museum, reports that the Archimedes Palimpsest Project has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. The project was established to rediscover lost passages from the 13th century Byzantine prayerbook containing at seven treatises by Archimedes.

5th-6th century palace discovered in Turkey

Archaeologists working in the Sanliurfa province of southeastern Turkey have discovered the remains of a 5th or 6th century C.E. early Byzantine palace featuring a mosaic of goddess the Kticic.

[WES] Jingles

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This year, we will be featuring a Byzantine/Roman Feast that is just to dine for. As usual, we will have our Best-Use-of-Bells, Byzantine/Roman table setting, and Brick Spoon competitions. We will also have a return of the Silver Tongued Devil competition.

So, don your best sheets, pack your feast gear and join us for a fun filled day of classes, Helgi's bead making, Consorting 101 for you and your Consort,just to name 2, and of course as usual, a Location:
Province of Southern Shores (Cupertino, California)

Athletic traditions of Istanbul

The city of Istanbul has a long history of interest in athletics and games dating to the earliest days of New Rome, where gladiators battled. Freelance writer John Crofoot has the story for Today's Zaman.

British metal detector finds 5th century pendant

Metal detector enthusiast Andy Sales, from Deal, England, was fortunate recently to uncover a 5th century "gold tremissis bearing the image of the Byzantine emperor, Anastasius the First." (photo)

12th century Byzantine still found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian archaeologist Prof Nikolay Ovcharov has discovered a 12th century still believed to have been used in the study of alchemy in the remains of a Byzantine mansion near the village of Tatul, Bulgaria.

Palmyra Traders

Palmyra Traders began merchanting in 1993. They specialize in top quality, hard to find merchandise for the medievalist.