Russia in The Byzantine Era

The word “Byzantine” is derived from Byzantium, an ancient Greek colony founded by a man named Byzas. It is located on the European side of the Bosporus (the strait between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean), the Byzantium site was ideally situated to serve as a transit and trade point between Europe and Asia. The…

German Soviet Nonaggression pact

German Soviet Nonaggression pact Kyshtym Disaster Literature on the per-modern period refers to “wandering minstrels,” who often were blind, and “strolling beggars,” many of them were disabled, who solicited charity in and around Orthodox Churches and monasteries. Such persons were often referred to in Russian as ubogi, a term that translates literally as “of God,”…