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... very funny. They were these two gorgeous sisters in their 80s who had moved to Berri in S.A. in 1958 and lived there and then moved to Adelaide when their children went to Uni. They were back in Greece visiting a cousin. We had a lovely chat to them and they were so happy that we were from Australia too!
I remembered some of the coastline from when I passed through nearly 40 years ago. We ...
... He built strong city walls and fortified the city. The Hellenistic period saw great growth in the city with contraction of an amphitheater and many other buildings. The Via Egnatia passed through the city in the late 1st century BC and made the city even more important.
In 42 BC, there was the Battle of Phillippi fought on the plain just outside of the city.. Brutus and Cassius fought Octavian and Antony and lost. Shortly ...
... and his companions to stay with them. A strong, mainly gentile, Christian community developed in Philippi. They met in the homes of wealthier members. Two women, Euodia and Syntache, appear to have been leaders of household based communities. Paul and his companions followed the Jewish synagogue system of appointing local elders to lead Christian communities after they had gone. These elders were called presbyters. Paul wanted community members and leaders to know ...
... in operation today. We walked up 200 steps to the first monastery and spent some time inside the Church, learning about the iconography and the symbolism of the paintings. The one unique thing about these churches is that they depict the founders and martyrs holding churches in their hands that they place on the peaks.
The views around were absolutely spectacular. The next stop was at a convent, with nuns still living there so women had to don ...
... increased the population of the city by re-settling Macedonian mercenaries there and having them work the mines and extract precious metals for his empire. Throughout the Hellenistic period, not much is known of the city, but it appears to have continued to grow and prosper throughout the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C.
One of Philippi's most important historical moments was in 42 B.C. when the battle between the allied forces of Octavian (who would later be named Augustus) ...