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Byzantine Constantinople

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"That is no country for old men. The young 
In one another's arms, birds in the trees, 
—Those dying generations—at their song, 
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas, 
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long 
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies. 
Caught in that sensual music all neglect 
Monuments of unageing intellect.."
W. B. Yeats, “Sailing to Byzantium” from The Poems of W. B. Yeats: A New Edition, edited by Richard J. Finneran. 


Welcome to the Byzantine Constantinople Subject Guide

Constantinople with its complex and rich heritage and history still fascinates millions of its admirers. This subject guide will help you to introduce the history of Byzantium from the fourth century when Emperor Constantine founded Constantinople as “New Rome” in the eastern Roman Empire to the fifteenth century when the imperial capital was sacked by the Ottomans.

Within the main themes of the subject guide, titles address a wide range of topics including city walls, water supplies, topography, palaces, archaeology, public monuments, churches, monasteries, daily life, urban development, visits of foreign people etc.

The guide will assist you with your research and will further support your knowledge.

Browsing the menu, you will come across resources that comprise both general interest as well as academic, so that you will be able to synthesize them according to your information needs and professional expertise.

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