hesychast

one who practices spiritual quietism and retreat (a religious practice that arose on Mount Athos in the 14th century)

miltos

ruddle an iron-oxide red-ochre pigment used for dyeing colouring and in the caulking of ships

imaret

the soup-kitchen of an Ottoman alms-house or mosque complex

cleruchy

an imposed colony in which settlers keep the citizenship of their home city

volute

an architectural feature or support in the form of a spiral scroll

Deisis

a pictorial composition in Byzantine art which became current after the 11th century in which the figure of Christ is flanked by interceding Saints most commonly Mary and St John the Baptist

Dioscouri

Castor & Polydeuces twin sons of Zeus saviours and protectors of mariners

Boeotia

the region and prefecture of central Greece which lies directly north of Attica and west of Euboea catholicon the church at the centre of an Orthodox monastery

brecciated

(a marble) shot through with angular fragments of rock or mineral giving rise to large patches (breccie) of different colour

apotropaic

having the power to turn away evil Archaic period the 7th and 6th centuries bc