Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 10th secular

Nicephoras Phocas, 963-969
- led the army to take back areas that had been conquered by the Muslims - Cyprus, and parts of Asia Minor (Turkey and Syria) were retaken
- helped to found the monasteries of Mount Athos, a peninsula in the Aegean Sea, where monks had been living since the 5th century - with the founding of the monasteries, this place became one of the great 'holy places' of Greek orthodoxy - females of all kinds,  including animals, were forbidden so that the monks wouldn't be distracted

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