Underwater Dig off Delos Uncovers Shipwrecks, Port Structures

A series of underwater excavations carried out off the island of Delos in the Cyclades, has brought to the fore ancient coastal structures, a port and shipwrecks, the Greek culture ministry announced on Monday. The finds “confirm that Delos was an important trade hub and a significant maritime trade route through the ages, linking the Eastern …

Philippi Archaeological sites: From the Roman period to Early Christianity

One of the landmarks in the city’s history was the great battle that occurred in 42 BC. Following  the battle, Roman colonists and veteran soldiers settled in the fertile plain of Philippi, and the city was transformed into a Roman colony (Colonia Augusta Julia Philippensis). The most important sites, from the Roman times up to …

The Ancient Wonder Eupalinos Tunnel in Samos Reopens to Public

One of the greatest engineering achievements of ancient times, a Greek wonder on the island of Samos, the 6th century BC Eupalinos Tunnel re-opened to the public this week following extensive restoration works. The 1,036m tunnel or Eupalinian aqueduct was excavated more than 2,500 years ago from both ends using the principles of geometry to …

Philippi Archaeological sites: The Early Christian era

With the transfer of the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire to Constantinople (330 AD), the dominance of Christianity (4th c. AD), and the graduation Hellenizing of the Eastern Roman state, the Roman colony of Philippi regained its character as a Greek city. With the change of religion, the large public buildings, which had been …

The Basilicas of Philippi: churches of unique Christian importance

Four impressive three-aisled basilicas with narthex have been erected at the archaeological site of Philippi, coming from the Early Christian Period. Basilica A On a level above the Kavala – Drama road and the marketplace of Philipi (west of the theater) has been traced the biggest early christian church of Philipi, called Basilica A. It …

Philippi Archaeological sites: From the Hellenistic to Roman period

The archaeological site of Philippi is located in Eastern Macedonia between the modern cities of Kavala and Drama, at the southeast edge of the plain of Drama. For the most part, the landscape that surrounds the archaeological site has been preserved intact from antiquity to this day. The most important sites, apart from the theater …

Macedonian Philippi: From the Neolithic era to the Kingdom of Macedonia

Long before the Ancient Greeks located to Philippi, there was a Neolithic settlement that was discovered in the last decades, next to water springs, at Dikili-Tas (Orthopetra), lying 2km east of the ancient city. This settlement in the prehistoric dark millennia can be considered as a distant ancestor of the city of historical times. Life …