Larissa

Initial assembly location for troops assigned to the Second Sappers Battalion.

Giaros

Island in the central Aegean that was used as a place of internal exile before a large prison compound was built there. Site of the Second Sappers Battalion camp before the unit was transferred to Makronissos in 1947.

Slag

A black, heavy material by-product from smelting for which there was no technological capacity for further use in antiquity but became exploitable in industrial times. Slag, which often contained as much as 12 percent of its weight in silver lead, was utilised in the...

Pirates

The pirates active in the Aegean between the 13th and 15th centuries were mainly Genovese or other Italians, Greeks, usually from Monemvasia and Rhodes, and from the 14th century also Turks. Byzantine scholar Michael Choniates refers to the pirates’ rule of the sea as...