The mosaics from a Greek and Roman period site at Kourion depict a number of different things, but somehow the Gladiators are the most iconic.
3581: Part of the EU, with a relatively stable economy and all the comforts of a Western democracy, sometimes it's easy to forget that Cyprus is, in fact, split in two. Invaded by the Turks in 1974 to prevent Cyprus from uniting with Greece, 36% of the island is still in Turkish hands. The old Venetian city walls of Lefkosia (the country's capital) serve to make the green zone, a UN monitored space, between the Democratic Republic of Cyprus, and the Turkish occupied area (note the Turkish flag flying on the left-hand bastion, while the Greek and Cypriot flags flight across the Green zone on the right).
Summer 2011: Catching Up July 19th 2011 Clearly I've had a busy summer so far (it's often difficult to find time to sit down and write a blog entry when database entries need to be written, remote sesning data needs to be processed or hilltop sunsets need to be enjoyed with a cold beer in hand), and nearly every day I remember the myriad of promises I made to continue the Travel Blog this summer, and how I’ve simply failed to ... read more
Middle East » Cyprus A former British colony, Cyprus received independence in 1960 following years of resistance to British rule. Tensions between the Greek Cypriot majority and Turkish Cypriot minority came to a head in December 1963, when violence broke out in the capi... ... read more
There is a land called Crete, in the midst of the wine-dark sea, a fair, rich land, begirt with water, and therein are many men, past counting, and ninety cities. They have not all the same speech, but their tongues are mixed. There dwell Achaeans, there great-hearted native Cretans, there Cydonians, and Dorians of waving plumes, and goodly Pelasgians.
-Homer, The Odyssey, Bk. 19
The land of Armenia, then, is situated largely on an extensive plateau, surrounded by high mountains, well watered by rivers which perpetuate its natural fertility.... The rulers of Armen... full info