History of Athens, Greece Part 2

By | August 24, 2021

After 146, Athens became a Civitas foederata under Roman rule and received an oligarchical constitution, which, under the influence of Mithridates VI. only 88–86 was replaced by a radical democracy (86 BC, Athens was taken by Sulla). Augustus and Agrippa supported Athens with large buildings. Under Hadrian, Athens received a new district (Hadrian’s City) as well as a new moderately democratic constitution and became the seat of the newly founded Panhellenic League. In 267 AD the Heruli ravaged the city. Under Constantine the Great and Julian the Apostate it was promoted culturally again in the 4th century. When the Roman Empire was divided (395), Athens became part of the Byzantine Empire; 396 It was by the Visigoths under Alaric I visited. In the 5th and 6th centuries, Christianity was victorious here too; the temples were converted into churches, and the art treasures were brought to Constantinople. The closure of the philosophy schools in 529 by Justinian I quickly deserted Athens, which in classical times had been the most populous city in Greece (432 BC: about 100,000 residents, 330 BC: 168,000).

During the time of the Crusades, Athens became the seat of a barony as part of the Latin Empire, later a duchy, ruled successively by the Franconian-Burgundian family de la Roche (1204-1308), the Catalans (1311-86, Catalan Company) and the Florentine patrician family Acciaiuoli (1388-1456). After the city was conquered by the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II (June 4, 1456), the Parthenon Mosque and the Propylaea became barracks. In the last Venetian-Turkish war, a Venetian bomb destroyed most of the Parthenon on September 26, 1687.

Turkish rule was a time of deep decline for Athens, now called Setines. According to hyperrestaurant, it was conquered by the Greeks in the Greek struggles for freedom in 1821, lost again in 1826/27 and was only evacuated by the Turkish occupation in 1833. In 1834 King Otto I made Athens the residence of the new kingdom. In 1896 the 1st modern Olympic Games took place in Athens . The city was occupied by the Axis powers on April 27, 1941 and liberated by the Allies on October 13, 1944.

Philippi Archaeological Site (World Heritage)

Originally settled by Thracian tribes, the ancient city was only re-colonized by Greek colonists and after it was conquered by Philip II of Macedonia in 356 BC. Renamed in Philippi. It was located on the former trade route Via Egnatia, which connected Europe and Asia and developed with the establishment of the Roman Empire in the decades after the double battle at Philippi in 42 BC. To a “Little Rome”. After a visit by the Apostle Paul in AD 49 and 50, it became a central place of the Christian faith.

Archaeological Site of Philippi: Facts

Official title: Archaeological site of Philippi
Cultural monument: Remains of an ancient fortress town with ruins of Hellenistic and Roman buildings as well as three early Christian basilicas
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
Location: near Kavala, East Macedonia and Thrace region
Appointment: 2016
Meaning: exceptional testimony to the incorporation of regions into the Roman Empire

The excavation site

Ancient Philippi had an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 residents and, thanks to its location on one of the most important military and trade routes, had a cosmopolitan character. The ruins of the Byzantine city wall, the acropolis, the Hellenistic theater and the Roman forum have been preserved. Thermal baths, latrines and a gymnasium, a kind of sports hall, were also uncovered. The remains of various church buildings are of great importance: to the west of the theater, two early Christian basilicas from the 5th and 6th centuries with imposing columns and capitals, and to the south of the forum an octagonal church building from the 4th century, which was consecrated to the Apostle Paul. The remains of the churches are an exceptional testimony to the first Christian communities.

Old town of Corfu (World Heritage)

Corfu is in a strategic position at the entrance to the Adriatic Sea. The historic town and harbor ensemble, which has largely been preserved to this day, is dominated by the three fortifications that the Venetians built to defend their maritime trade interests against the Ottoman Empire. Numerous neoclassical buildings in the old town are also reminiscent of this time.

Corfu Old Town: Facts

Official title: Old town of Corfu
Cultural monument: Historic town and port area of ​​the capital of the island of Corfu in the east, off the Albanian and Greek coast; illustrious, stylistically homogeneous cityscape; in the center three Venetian fortifications built to ward off the Turks in the 16th century as well as classical buildings from the time of the French and British occupation in the 19th century.
Continent: Europe
Country: Greece
Location: Corfu, island of Corfu
Appointment: 2007
Meaning: Authentic and closed historical cityscape; impressive example of architecturally sophisticated defensive structures

Old town of Corfu: history

750 BC Chr. First colonization of Corfu by Greeks
around 734 BC Chr. Foundation of the Corinthian colony in the east of the island
229 BC Chr. Island under Roman protection
1147 Conquered by the fleet of the Norman King Roger II of Sicily
1154 Recovery from the Byzantine emperor Manuel I Komnenos
1212 After temporary Venetian rule, security for the despotate of Epirus
1258 Assignment of the island to the Hohenstaufen Manfred of Sicily
1386 Voluntary submission of Corfu to Venice for protection from the Turks
1537/1716 Defense against Turkish sieges
1797 French occupation of Venice
1807 French occupation of the Ionian Islands (including Corfu)
1809 British occupation of the Ionian Islands (including Corfu)
1815 Part of the “United States of the Seven Ionian Islands” (Heptanesos) as an independent state under British protection
1864 Connection to Greece
1916/17 Seat of the Serbian government
1923 and 1941-43 Occupation by Italian troops
September 1943 to September 1944 Occupation by German troops

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