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Greek PM says important tomb found in northern dig

Greece's prime minister says archaeologists excavating an ancient mound in northern Greece have uncovered what appears to be the entrance to an important tomb from about the end of the reign of ancient warrior-king Alexander the Great.
The Missoulian: August 12, 2014

Irrigation project reveals unsullied tholos tomb, the first in Fokis prefecture

A tholos tomb dated to the Late Bronze Age, was uncovered during near Amfissa, in central Greece, during work on a project to provide irrigation for the region's protected and historic olive grove valley near Delphi.
July 31, 2014

Greek satellite launched from NASA Flight Facility in Virginia

The E-Sat satellite(Hellenic Satellite) made by a group of Greek scientists headed by Periklis Papadopoulos was launched on Sunday night from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA.
July 14, 2014

World's earliest erotic graffiti found in unlikely setting on Aegean island

Racy inscriptions and phalluses carved into Astypalaia's rocky peninsula shed light on very private lives of ancient Greece
Guardian: July 7, 2014

Light earthquake north of Kassos island

A light earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale was recorded at 3.34 am on Friday near Kassos island, southern Aegean.
June 13, 2014

Google is to start building its own self-driving cars

Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
BBC: May 28, 2014

Israel Presents Crusader Seal to Greek Patriarch

The Israel Antiquities Authority discovered a rare seal from the time the Crusaders ruled Jerusalem in a neighborhood of the modern city.
ABS CBN News: May 27, 2014

Constantinople in Crisis

June 13, 2011 by Anonymous

The Source: 
Socyberty
Summary: 
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.
Content: 
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: http://socyberty.com/history/constantinople-in-crisis/#ixzz1PBTPG6TY