Byzantine Constantinople: The Walls of the City and Adjoining Historical Sites

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John Murray, 1899 - Istanbul (Turkey) - 361 pages
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Page 66 - Castellano and the people beganne to mutine, and fell vpon a strange conceit; insomuch that hee was forced to retyre, and presently sent for my enterpreter, demanding if I had any old booke of prophesy: inferring, that those statues were enchanted, and that wee knew, when they should be taken downe, some great alteration should befall this citty.
Page 42 - No longer is the vacant ground in the city more extensive than that occupied by buildings ; nor are we cultivating more territory within our walls than we inhabit ; the beauty of the city is not as heretofore scattered over it in patches, but covers the whole area like a robe woven to the very fringe.
Page 46 - ... with an energy worthy of Anthemius, and his name, in Greek and in Latin, may still be read on one of the gates. He not only restored the Anthemian wall but he erected a second wall in front of it, outside of which was constructed a broad and deep moat. Thus the city was placed behind a triple line of defence. ' The walls were flanked by 192 towers, while the ground between the two walls and that between the outer wall and the moat provided room for the action of large bodies of troops. These...
Page 168 - With a view of increasing the wall's capacity for defence, it was flanked by four small towers, while its lower portion was pierced by numerous loopholes. Two of the towers were on the side facing the Golden Horn, and the other two guarded the extremities of the side looking towards the country on the west. The latter towers projected inwards from the rear of the wall, and between them was a gateway corresponding to the Heraclian gate of Blachernae.
Page 42 - ... the beauty of the city is not as heretofore scattered over it in patches, but covers the whole area like a robe woven to the very fringe. The city gleams with gold and porphyry. It has a [new] Forum, named after the Emperor ; it owns baths, porticos, gymnasia ; and its former extremity is now its centre.
Page 67 - I vnderstand not; which, concurring with the rumour of the Cossacks, filled them with superstition, and suspition of mee; in conclusion, hee sent to mee, to think, nor mention no more that place, which might cost his life, and bring mee into trouble; so that I despair to effect therein your graces seruice: and it is true, though I could not gett the stones, yet I almost raised an insurrection in that part of the citty....
Page 346 - Alexius I Comnenus John II Comnenus Manuel I Comnenus Alexius II Comnenus Andronicus I Comnenus Isaac II Angelus Alexius III Angelus Isaac II (again) and Alexius IV...
Page 4 - ... have been put so strikingly and freshly by Mr A. van Millingen, in his recent scientific work on the walls and gates of Constantinople, that we need not hesitate to quote a part of his description (Byzantine Constantinople, p. 4). No city owes so much to its site Nowhere is the influence of geography upon history more strikingly marked. Here, to a degree that is marvellous, the possibilities of the freest and widest intercourse blend with the possibilities of complete isolation. No city can be...
Page 66 - Towers, and neuer opened since the Greeke emperors lost yt: to offer to steale them, no man dares to deface the cheefe seate of the grand signor: to procure them by fauour, is more impossible, such enuy they beare vnto us.

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