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Life of Constantine the Great
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1852. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. CONSTANTINE BUILDS THE CITY OF CONSTANTINOPLE--ITS MAGNIFICENCE AND COSTLINESS--HIS OCCUPATION AFTER THIS PERIOD --HIS EDICTS AGAINST...
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1852. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XII. CONSTANTINE BUILDS THE CITY OF CONSTANTINOPLE--ITS MAGNIFICENCE AND COSTLINESS--HIS OCCUPATION AFTER THIS PERIOD --HIS EDICTS AGAINST HERETICS, AND THEIR OPERATION--TRICENNALIA AND CONTEMPORANEOUS EVENTS--PROVIDES HIMSELF A TOMB IN THE CHURCH AT CONSTANTINOPLE--HIS LAST SICKNESS AND BAPTISM--HIS DEATH AND BURIAL--RETROSPECT OF HIS LIFE, CHARACTER, AND GOVERNMENT. A.D. 330--337. The determination of Constantine to found a new city that should rival, if not surpass, Rome in extent and splendour, has been attributed to various motives, personal, political, and religious. It seems highly probable that his chief object was to increase the lustre of his name and reign, and to transmit it to posterity by a monument as magnificent and permanent as the wealth and skill of man could construct. For some time he was undecided in the choice of a suitable locality; and Thessalonica, Sardica, and ancient Troy, have been mentioned as presenting .claims that rivalled. those of Byzantium. The last-named place was at length fixed upon; and its superior advantages have but to be named to be at once recognised. Its central situation, between Asia and Europe,-- its temperate climate, fertile soil, capacious harbour, and easy access, point it out as one of the most desirable localities in the world for a great and populous city. The original city, founded by Byzas, the navigator, six hundred and fifty-six years before the christian era, and rebuilt and fortified afterwards by the Spartan general Pausanias, was by no means insignificant. Some of its public edifices were deemed of sufficient importance to be retained under the new plan. With this exception, however, in the coursi I a few years, all was changed. The walls of a new city, measuring in circumference between ten...
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