Definitions for byzantiumbɪˈzæn ʃi əm, -ti əm
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
By•zan•ti•umbɪˈzæn ʃi əm, -ti əm(n.)
an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara: rebuilt by Constantine I and renamed Constantinople a .d . 330.
Category: Ancient History, Geography (places)
Ref: Compare Istanbul.
an ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital
Byzantine Empire, Byzantium, Eastern Roman Empire(noun)
a continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
The ancient Greek city situated on the Bosporus, named Constantinople in 330 , and now known as Istanbul.
Byzantium was the ancient Greek city on the site that later became Constantinople. It was founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 657 BC. The city was rebuilt and reinaugurated as the new capital of the Roman Empire by Emperor Constantine I in 330 AD and subsequently renamed Constantinople. The city remained the capital of the Byzantine Empire until 1453, when it was conquered and became the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Since the establishment of modern Turkey in 1923, the Turkish name of the city, Istanbul, has replaced the name Constantinople in the West.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the ancient name of Constantinople; founded by Greek colonists in 667 B.C.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
An ancient city, the site of modern Istanbul. From the 4th to 15th centuries the empire extended from southeastern Europe to western Asia, reaching its greatest extent under Justinian (527-565). By about 1000 A.D. it comprised the southern Balkans, Greece, Asia Minor, and parts of southern Italy. The capture of Constantinople in 1453 marked the formal end of the Byzantine Empire. (From Webster's New Geographical Dictionary, 1988)
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