Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The City of Constantinople in the Age of Justinian I

An architectural and civic survey of Constantinople during a particularly important period of its history in the mid 6th century.

The city of Byzantium, an Archaic Greek colony, was totally rebuilt during the reign of Constantine. Indeed such was Constantine's attention to Byzantium that, after his death, it was renamed Constantinople in his honour.

With the decline of the Western Roman Empire, Constantinople gradually increased in importance and grandeur, becoming the focal point of the Eastern Roman Empire and the seat of its emperors. During the reign of Justinian I (527-565), the city underwent vast growth (perhaps peaking at a population of over 500000 people) and reached new heights of civic prosperity.

By Kevin Stoba

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