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Byzantium and the Bosporus : a historical study, from the seventh century BC until the foundation of Constantinople / Thomas Russell.

Author:
Russell, Thomas James, 1988- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • ©2017
Εdition:
First Edition.
Description:
xvii, 290 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Series:
Summary note:
"In AD 330 the Emperor Constantine consecrated the new capital of the eastern Roman Empire on the site of the ancient city of Byzantium. Its later history is well known, yet comparatively little is known about the city before it became Constantinople and then Istanbul. Although it was just a minor Greek polis located on the northern fringes of Hellenic culture, surrounded by hostile Thracian tribes and denigrated by one ancient wit as the 'armpit of Greece', Byzantium did nevertheless possess one unique advantage--control of the Bosporus strait. This highly strategic waterway links the Aegean to the Black Sea, thereby conferring on the city the ability to tax maritime traffic passing between the two. Byzantium and the Bosporus is a historical study of the city of Byzantium and its society, epigraphy, culture, and economy, which seeks to establish the significance of its geographical circumstances and in particular its relationship with the Bosporus strait. Examining the history of the region through this lens reveals how over almost a millennium it came to shape many aspects of the lives of its inhabitants, illuminating not only the nature of economic exploitation and the attitudes of ancient imperialism, but also local industries and resources and the genesis of communities' local identities."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-273) and indexes.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 9780198790525 ((hbk.))
  • 019879052X ((hbk.))
LCCN:
2016937256
OCLC:
949770765
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