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Decorative griffins were popular in ancient Greek art and later in medieval bestiaries and heraldry.

The Griffin was a beast with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion.
A tribe of the creatures guarded rich deposits of gold in the mountains of Skythia (Scythia) in north-eastern Europe. Their one-eyed neighbours, the Arimaspians, battled them for these riches.

Ruins in Philippi's archaelogical site:
The city of Philippi was gradually abandoned from the early 7th century AD, due to large earthquakes and Slavic raids.
It survived in the Byzantine period as a fortress, but was completely abandoned after the Turkish conquest in the late 14th century.

Archaeological excavations at Philippi were started in 1914 by the French Archaeological School. After the Second World War, the Archaeological Service and the Archaeological Society conducted systematic excavations here. Today, the Archaeological Service, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the French School of Archaeology are continuing the archaeological research. The finds from the excavations are stored in the Archaeological Museum of Philippi. In July 2016 the archaeological site of Philippi was inscribed on the UNESCO register of world heritage sites.


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