Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

The city of Thessaloniki (formerly Thessalonica) always struck me as one of the ultimate urban runners up in history. It became the most important city in Macedonia…right before the Romans showed up. It became an important Roman city…because it was a way point on the main route from Rome to Byzantium. When the Roman Empire … Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

attwiw is still on hiatus until next week, so Easter and Passover greetings to anyone celebrating either holiday this weekend! The city of Thessaloniki (formerly Thessalonica) always struck me as the urban equivalent of the line “always a bridesmaid, but never a bride” (Hare Trimmed was a comedy classic, don’t @ me). It became the … Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

The city of Thessaloniki always struck me as the urban equivalent of the line "always a bridesmaid, but never a bride" (Hare Trimmed was a comedy classic, don't @ me). It became the most important city in Macedonia...right before the Romans showed up. It's the second-largest city in Greece. It became an important Roman city...because … Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Thessaloniki ends (1430)

Today in European history: the Siege of Candia (finally) ends (1669)

The Ottoman Empire in the 17th century is a land of contrasts. I know that sounds like the opening to a bad high school essay, but it’s not wrong. The 17th century ended with the Ottomans signing the first disadvantageous treaty they’d ever signed, and while reports of Ottoman decline in this period can be … Continue reading Today in European history: the Siege of Candia (finally) ends (1669)

Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)

There are a couple of places we could have gone for a relevant anniversary today. For example, if you’re a fan of lost causes, Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat signed the Oslo II accord, which was supposed to provide for Palestinian autonomy leading to future (HA!) talks on an independent Palestinian state, on September 28, … Continue reading Today in Mediterranean history: the Battle of Preveza (1538)