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Νεώσοικοι του Πειραιά, Κλασσική περίοδος

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Μία ψηφιακή αναπαράσταση νεωσοίκων για την φύλαξη πολεμικών πλοίων της Κλασσικής Αθήνας, τριήρων στη συγκεκριμένη εικόνα.

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Chinese officer & soldiers of the Northern & Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589)

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A representation of a Chinese officer, an infantryman and a cavalryman of the Northern and Southern dynasties Period (AD 386–589) from Liu Yonghua’s excellent book on the warriors of Imperial Eras China (copyright: Liu Yonghua).

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Vikings didn’t just murder monks and pillage monasteries – they helped spread Christianity too

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Republication from /theconversation.com/

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Stipendiary Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Oxford

Vikings are often seen as heathen marauders mercilessly targeting Christian churches and killing defenceless monks. But this is only part of their story. The Vikings played a key role in spreading Christianity, too.

Norse mythology has long captured the popular imagination and many today have heard stories about the pagan gods, particularly Odin, Thor and Loki, recently reimagined in Marvel’s comic books and movies. Some now even follow reconstructed versions of these beliefs, known as Ásatrú (the religion of the Aesir).

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Rise and Growth of Christianity: a map

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A map on the rise and growth of Christianity. Starting from Palestine, the new faith was at first spread in parts of Asia Minor’s interior, in Corinth and Thessalonike (Greece) and in Naples and Rome (Italy).

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100 Viking swords found in Estonia are the largest discovery to date

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Republication from Norway today

Viking swords in Wikimedia commons

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Scandinavia is an archeological hotspot when it comes to Viking discoveries.

But there’s another Northern European area that has been especially important for Viking finds, too: the Baltic region – and Estonia in particular.

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