Istanbul: the imperial city

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Viking, 1996 - History - 414 pages
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Straddling the narrow straits of the Bosphorus dividing Europe and Asia, Istanbul has been an unrivaled locus of cultural exchange since its beginnings more than 26 centuries ago, under three different namesfirst as the Greek colony Byzantium, then Constantinople in A.D. 330, and Istanbul in 1453. Despite the onslaughts of time, a local character and spirit have abided. This is a guide to the city for the curious traveler as well as an evocation of its illustrious past. color & 25 b&w illus. 4 map.

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User Review  - Jaclynn - Goodreads

I thought that I was going to hate this book, the first ten pages or so in. I swear to you, fellow readers, it gets better! It starts off dry but picks up the pace...although combining Byzantium and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Robert Morris - Goodreads

This is great man history and I love it. The book does deviate a bit from the old school "maps and chaps" approach, but it does so in a very old school way. Freely tells all the entire known history ... Read full review


The Strait and the City up to c 658 BC
The Greek CityState of Byzantium
Roman Byzantium 196330

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About the author (1996)

John Freely has written over thirty travel books and guides, most of them about Greece and Turkey. He is author of "Strolling Through Athens" (also Tauris Parke Paperbacks).

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