Monthly Archives: April 2011

The School of Antioch

From very early times there had been a difference of approach between the theologians of Alexandria in Egypt and that of those in Antioch. From the beginning Alexandria had represented a mixture of Egyptian and Hellenistic thinking. Allegoric interpretation of … Continue reading

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Simeon Stylites the Older

In the fourth century monasticism was gaining popularity in Antioch. But it did not stay with that. Many started to find more austere ways to express their religiosity.[1] In Antioch most of this sort of people took shelter in some … Continue reading

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Istanbul (στην πολι: in the City)

In Byzantine times there was a close connection between Constantinople (now Istanbul) and Antioch. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, but Antioch was the base for the campaigns against the Persians. Some of the Byzantine Emperors even stayed … Continue reading

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The Blue and the Green today

I do not know what happened from the time Roman horse racing went out of fashion until football was invented. The modern racing track at least is a very pale counterpart of its old predecessor. And so are its regular … Continue reading

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The hippodrome

Those who have seen the movie Ben Hur may be able to understand that horse racing in the Roman Empire was a dangerous sport. Many though do not know that the hippodrome where Charlton Heston showed his talents for violent … Continue reading

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Libanius the Antiochene

More that fifteen hundred years before F. A. Neale wrote his book “Evenings in Antioch” Libanius was born into one of the wealthy families of the city. He was a pagan and when he grew up he became a teacher … Continue reading

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Blogging in Turkey

For reasons only legal luninaries understand blogspot.com has been blocked in Turkey. when I try to access my own BLOG I get this message in red: Bu siteye erişim mahkeme kararıyla engellenmiştir. The explanation goes that somebody has used his … Continue reading

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