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Re: History in Pictures
« Reply #75 on: June 06, 2019, 07:30:24 PM »
Athens, 1812.

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« Reply #76 on: June 10, 2019, 06:50:20 PM »
The Story Behind Turkey's Underground Cities

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Cappadocia Underground City.

The amazing underground cities in Turkey’s Cappadocia have become famous all over the world, just as much as the eerie yet fascinating fairy chimneys. Built to protect the ancient inhabitants, the underground cities allowed thousands of people to live their lives in total secrecy. One of Cappadocia’s most famous underground cities is Derinkuyu, which was built during the Byzantine era when its inhabitants used it to protect themselves from Muslim Arabs during the Arab-Byzantine Wars between 780 and 1180. The multi level city was composed of many passages and caves used for various purposes, the city lies around 60 meters under the ground and was able to shelter around 20,000 people including their livestock and food. Certainly the largest underground city in Cappadocia (and of course in all of Turkey), Derinkuyu was opened to visitors in 1969 with only half of the city available for viewing.



In its heyday, the city had two large stone doors that were closed from the inside in case of imminent danger. With each floor also having its own door, the caves also had all the extra space expected of a city, including storage rooms, wine cellars, stables, and chapels. Though the inhabitants might have been hiding, they lived their lives to the fullest, as much as they would have in an above ground town. One of Derinkuyu’s most striking spaces is a large room with vaulted ceilings, which is believed to have been a religious school with separate study rooms. Walking up and down the staircases that lead visitors to the many levels of the fascinating city, a ventilation shaft or an old cruciform church reveal how the caves were once filled with ordinary everyday life. Derinkuyu was also connected to the other underground cities through a sophisticated network of tunnels.



It is believed that the underground cities were initially built by the Phrygians during the 8th through 7th centuries BCE, who carved their living spaces into the region’s soft volcanic rock. Later on, during the Roman era and the replacement of the Phrygian language with Greek, the then Christian inhabitants continued to work on the underground cities adding their own cultural and religious necessities such as chapels and Greek inscriptions. Underground cities like Derinkuyu continued to protect their citizens as far as the 14th century when Christians once again needed a safe haven from the threat of the Mongolians during the assaults on Timur, and once again during the Ottoman era, when protection was needed from the Turkish Muslim powers.



Even during the 20th century, the caves allowed for people to save themselves from persecution administered during the Ottoman Empire. It was not until 1923, after the population exchange between Greece and Turkey, that the underground cities were completely abandoned and then not rediscovered until 1963. The story goes that a resident found a strange room behind a wall inside his house, and the rest is history!


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« Reply #77 on: June 13, 2019, 05:29:55 PM »
Hilarious.

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« Reply #78 on: June 15, 2019, 10:57:31 AM »
Coin of Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos (1143-1180), minted of electrum - natural gold and silver alloy, excavated at Ždrelo-Gorevine site in Gojmanovac, vicinity of Svrljig, south-eastern Serbia.

Diameter - 32 mm, weight - 4.3 grams.

Collection of Museum in Niš, south-eastern Serbia.

On the reverse there is depiction of Emperor and St. Theodore holding Cross together. Both of them are holding swords. On the averse there is depiction of the Christ holding the Gospel and two stars around him.

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« Reply #79 on: June 30, 2019, 10:58:58 PM »
Byzantine forces:









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« Reply #80 on: June 30, 2019, 11:21:49 PM »
Pius VII in exile at Fontainebleau. Paintings by José Frappa.



Here with Napoleon:



Historical context:

Pius at first attempted to take a cautious approach in dealing with Napoleon. With him he signed the Concordat of 1801, through which he succeeded in guaranteeing religious freedom for Catholics living in France, and was present at his coronation as Emperor of the French in 1804. In 1809, however, during the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon once again invaded the Papal States, resulting in his excommunication. Pius VII was taken prisoner and transported to France. He remained there until 1814 when, after the French were defeated, he was permitted to return to Rome, where he was greeted warmly as a hero and defender of the faith. (Source)
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« Reply #81 on: July 08, 2019, 03:35:17 PM »
Albanians in Cairo, Egypt, 1861.

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« Reply #82 on: July 11, 2019, 04:24:54 PM »


1050 years ago today in 969 A.D., one of the most astonishingly ruthless leaders of all time, Princess Olga of Kiev, died. Though Olga is often remembered for her later role in being one of the first Kievan leaders to spread Christianity, her reign over Kiev is better characterised by the unrestrained wroth and fury she unleashed upon the rival Drevlian people, virtually wiping them off the face of the earth in one single blow.

Olga’s exact date of birth is unknown though it is reckoned that she was born somewhere in the late ninth and early tenth century. According to the chroniclers of the age she was of Varangian Viking origins, leading her to be known sometimes as Helga in Old Norse. She reportedly grew up around what is now Pskov before finally travelling south towards Kiev to marry Prince Igor I of Kiev, son of Oleg of Novgorod. Kiev at this point in history was also being ruled by the descendants of Varangian Vikings whom had come east and then south from Scandinavia. Olga was thus a worthy bride for the Princely Igor. Under Oleg, the Kievan civilisation was gradually expanding and consolidating its power in the region which is now Ukraine, Belarus, and Western Russia. Kiev however was not alone at this time. Another people in the area were the Drevlians. Though Oleg had brought the Drevlians to heel, and forced them to pay tribute to him and fight in his wars, the moment he died they were no longer willing to be relegated to such a subordinate position and they refused to continue paying tribute to Kiev.

As the new prince, Igor could not allow this insult to go unpunished. He could not allow them to make him appear weak in front of the rest of his kin. In 945 A.D., Igor thus chose to rally his army and march on the Drevlian capital of Iskorosten and demand the payment that was rightfully his. Facing almost certain defeat, the Drevlians submitted to Igor’s will and paid him. However as Igor was marching home he decided that the payment was insufficient for the insult they had inflicted and returned to Iskorosten, this time with only a small escort. The Drevlians captured him, tortured him and then reportedly tied his legs to two bent-over trees and ripped him in half. Igor was succeeded by his son Svyatoslav. Though Svyatoslav in time was to become a great ruler, he was as yet only a boy. This left his mother Olga to rule in his place as regent.

Having killed the Grand Prince of Kiev with almost total impunity, the Drevlians now sought to press their advantage, calculating that the Princess and her little son would be no match for them, that they would be gripped with fear upon hearing of Igor’s gruesome death. As it so happened however, the Drevlians had greatly underestimated the Varangian princess. Their leader, Prince Mal, whom had killed Igor, sent Olga a message proposing that she marry him. The message arrived with twenty Drevlian warriors sent to ensure that she accepted the marriage proposal. Olga carefully listened to the proposal and then casually and calmly responded that she would be more than happy to accept since her husband was dead. She also added however that she wished to properly honour the Drevlians in the presence of her people and ordered that they return to their vessel for the night before returning on the morrow. The Drevlians complied with this and returned the next morning to receive this great honour, the people of Kiev reportedly picking up the Drevlian boat with all of them in it and carrying them through the city as though they were in a palanquin. The Drevlians were overjoyed with themselves at this hospitality until they were suddenly carried to a trench and hurled into it where Olga had them all buried alive, their last moments spent choking on mud and soil.

Olga thereat sent a message back to Prince Mal, who was blissfully unaware of what had happened to his men, that she had accepted his proposal but that she would require the escort of the wisest and most respected of the Drevlians as would be equal to her own status. Not knowing any better, Mal sent the best and most distinguished of his people off to Kiev. When they arrived Olga greeted them politely and sympathised with them that they must be tired from their journey. She offered them the succour afforded by a bathhouse to relieve themselves before they all took off for Iskorosten. The ‘wise’ men gladly accepted her hospitality and entered the bathhouse. Just as they were relaxing themselves, Olga had her servants light the bathhouse on fire, the first flames being lit at the doors so that no one could escape. They were all burned to a crisp. Then she sent another message to the Drevlians, asking that she might have a feast with them at the grave of her murdered husband so that she might at last weep some tears of grief. The Drevlians once again made this concession to her and the two sides feasted. Once the Drevlians had become completely drunk on their mead, Olga gave a cool nod of the head and her men rose up and butchered the Drevlians to a man, cutting them down like chaff to the words of encouragement from Olga. Five thousand of them were reportedly killed that night, though this is most likely an exaggeration.

With it being finally clear now to the rather stupid Prince Mal that Olga was not going to submit as easily as hoped, all out war broke out. The previous atrocities however had already deprived the Drevlians of some of their best leaders and warriors. When the hour of battle finally came the Kievans easily thrashed their enemies and drove the survivors back to Iskorosten. The Drevlians were now thoroughly terrified at this stage of Olga and chose to hold out against her as long as possible lest she unleash her full fury upon them. Finally after a year of besieging the city with no result, Olga tricked them once again, telling them that she was done avenging her husband and that she would allow them to return to paying tribute as they had before if they surrendered. There was however one condition to be met for this surrender. Every household in Iskorosten had to give up three pigeons and three sparrows. Blinded by their longing to end their suffering, the Drevlians accepted these terms without question and every household gave up six birds each. At this time, all houses were constructed from wood and had thatched roofs where these birds nested. That night, Olga told her men to attach pieces of cloth and sulphur to each bird and to set them alight before releasing them. The birds all naturally returned to their nests in the city and within a couple of swift minutes the entire city was consumed with flames. Not one household was spared from this fiery doom. The entire Drevlian nation, down to the last child, was ignited into spectacular conflagration and incinerated into ash and cinders. With that, Olga was finally satisfied and she marched home.

Following this war of annihilation, Olga was said to have governed Kiev wisely and well, expanding the kingdom’s frontiers and leading the defence of Kiev when it was besieged by the Pechenegs in 968 A.D. She maintained good relations with Otto the Great of the Holy Roman Emperor and at one stage travelled to Constantinople where she converted to Christianity and then tried to spread the new religion amongst her own people. What her exact motivation was is unknown but it is not unlikely that it was similar to that of her grandson Vladimir the Great who used the religion to bind his scattered and disparate people more closely together. As a result of these efforts, Olga was made a saint. She became ill not long after the Pecheneg siege on the city and thereat began to slide into the kingdom of death. It was said that all Kiev wept at her death. Though he did not approve of Christianity, Svyatoslav respected his mother’s wishes that she be given a Christian rather than pagan funeral. Her tomb remained untouched until the Mongol invasion of 1240 A.D.
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