eastern-mediterranean

Roman Marbled Glass Snake - Eastern Mediterranean or Italy, circa late 1st Century BC - early 1st Century AD

There were snakes in use in various oracle temples in ancient Greece and the early Roman Empire. The snake, in pre-Christian cultures, often represented eternal life, as the snake sheds its skin regularly, and keeps growing and surviving.

Alabaster figure of a reclining woman. Reclining figures are common among Greek terracottas, and the appearance of the posture in Mesopotamian sculpture may reflect the influence of Greek terracotta manufacturing centers along the eastern Mediterranean.

Parthian, ca. 2nd century B.C.–2nd century A.D.

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Greek Gold Roundel with Bees, 7th Century BC

The goldwork technique seen here is called granulation, in which the goldsmith uses minute spheres of gold to create texture and pattern. This method was adopted by the Greeks from the Eastern Mediterranean in the 8th and 7th century BC. This piece has affinities with a group of objects from the island of Rhodes dating to 650-600 BC.

A spread of traditional mezes photograph by Peden & Munk

  • “Meze, which is a selection of small dishes served to accompany alcoholic drinks as a course or as appetizers before a main dish.  A big part of the dining experience in Eastern Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and Arab countries. The word “meze” means “taste” and/or “snack.” The concept is very similar to the tapas of Spain,”
An ancient winemaking region is experiencing a renaissance

The Eastern Mediterranean is today making exciting wines that are sought for their quality, originality and the fact that they come from the world’s ‘newest’ quality wine region. For the first time it may be said that the long history of winemaking in the region is now matched by the high quality of its wines. The Eastern Mediterranean is one of the fastest developing, most exciting and most dynamic wine regions in the wine world. A whole new world – in one of the oldest wine producing regions on earth! 

It’s been 2,000 years too long. Adam Montefiore on how one region of the world is returning to its roots.

Image: “Vineyard” by Discover Peloponnese,CC BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Palestinian Christians celebrate Palm Sunday at the Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza

Armenian Genocide Martyrs Memorial Church - Deir ez-Zor, Syria

The church was built in 1990 to commemorate the victims of the Armenian genocide.

It contained a small museum with books, publications, & documentary photographs to narrate the suffering of Armenians during the genocide.

The church along with the entire complex including the monuments & museum was blown up by ISIS in 2014.

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Facebook group: Queer Eastern Mediterranean Anarchists -- PDX

This is a group for people who identify as Eastern Mediterranean, culturally, ethnically, or however this relates to you.

While the Western colonial project makes a point of appropriating our cultures and histories as one of its founding pillars while at the same time strengthening its military grasp over the region, radicals and anarchists in the West fetishize and appropriate the region’s present-day revolutionary and anti-imperial struggles. This two-pronged attack from the west is something that calls for a re-conceptualization of the Eastern Mediterranean and the way those of us in the west, particularly in the United States, relate to it in a way that is anti-colonialist, anti-imperialist, anti-Zionist, anti-orientalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-heteronormative, anti-racist, and anti-oppression.

We are not the Empire’s creation myth. Our history belong to us because we have decided it is so.