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Greek archaeologists reject call for private firms to manage ancient sites

Greek archaeologists have rejected suggestions that private companies should be allowed to run ancient sites, insisting that this task should be retained by the state.
eKathimerini: January 20, 2014

Universe measured to 1% accuracy

Astronomers have measured the distances between galaxies in the universe to an accuracy of just 1%.
BBC: January 9, 2014

Light quake jolts Crete

A light earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale was recorded at 5.32 on Tuesday at the sea region of Zakros, Crete.
December 24, 2013

Meteor hits Greek island

The meteor didn’t cause any damage but people panicked around the region.
November 29, 2013

China to land first Jade Rabbit Moon probe next month

Chinese officials say they intend to land the country's first unmanned probe on the Moon next month.
BBC: November 26, 2013

Strong earthquake jolts Crete

A strong earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale was recorded at 4:12 pm on Saturday 60km west of Hania, Crete island and 274km south of Athens .
October 13, 2013

Two new earthquakes jolt Fthiotida

Two new earth tremors were recorded on Tuesday at the area of Amfiklia, central Greece.
September 18, 2013

Laser-guided surgery finds brain cancer's boundary

Laser-guided surgery could improve the odds of removing all of a brain tumour by clearly highlighting its edges, US researchers say.
BBC: September 5, 2013

Most powerful typhoon of 2013 hits the Philippines

The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines on Monday, triggering landslides and floods, cutting power and communications and leaving nine fishermen missing, weather and disaster officials said.
MSNBC: August 12, 2013

Constantinople in Crisis

June 13, 2011 by Anonymous

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Constantinople fell far earlier than 1453, in politics and in culture. The events of 1421-1424 demonstrates the fragile state of the Empire. Constantinople was in the midst of a downward spiral.
Constantinople survived the crisis with its walls intact, yet the Byzantine Empire was shattered and reduced to Constantinople itself and a spattering of land surrounding it. The crisis for survival began with the release of Mustafa, a contender to the Ottoman throne from Constantinople. Byzantium had hoped that support for Mustafa would bear strategic fruit and weaken the Ottoman threat. However, Mustafa was quickly defeated by Murad, who had recently won the Ottoman civil war, emerging as Sultan. This failure in strategic calculation led to the siege of Constantinople, Thessaloniki and the ravaging of the Peloponnese. Byzantine Constantinople was able to withstand the siege on the strength of its land walls and with substantial diplomatic cunning. The Theodosian walls, as well as the resolve of the populace and the leadership of John Palaeologos withstood the siege. Diplomatically, Manuel Palaeologos’ support for a contender to Murad’s throne, as well as Byzantine diplomatic missions to the West allowed for its continued survival. Though Constantinople remained, Byzantium lost most of its territory and significantly Thessaloniki was handed to the Venetians. The Byzantine crisis of 1421-24 was within a wider period of Byzantine decline, and must first be examined within this context. Read more: