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This quantity offers with the heritage, topography and monuments of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and one of many maximum city centres ever recognized, all through overdue Antiquity and the center a while. It comprises 21 papers that emanate from a world workshop which used to be held at Istanbul in 1999. Divided into 8 sections, the gathering addresses numerous interconnected themes, starting from topography to ritual and beliefs, archaeology, spiritual and secular structure, patronage, advertisement lifestyles, social association, women's roles, groups, city improvement and making plans. in part drawing on new archaeological and textual facts, in part directing new inquiries to or reinterpreting formerly to be had assets, the papers awarded the following fill vital gaps in our wisdom of Constantinople and improve our notion of town as either a actual and social entity.

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Butler, Syria. Princeton University Archaeological Expedition to Syria in 1904-1905 and 1909. Div. H. Ancient Architecture in Syria. Section A. Southern Syria, Part 4. Bostra (Leiden, 1914), 215-47; Segal, Town Planning, 83-7; J. Lauffray, Halabiya Zenobia. Place forte du limes oriental de la haute Mesopotamie au VI` siecle, II (Paris, 1991), fig. 8; C. Mango, Byzantine Architecture (New York, 1976), figs. 34, 42. 19 Lyttelton, Baroque Architecture, 204-16, 223-8; C. Saliou, "Du portique a la rue a portiques.

Sigma at Constantinople. 35 31 Lassus, Les portiques, 14-5, plans IV-V, figs. 8-9; Vasic in Caricin Grad, II, eds. , 311-5; D. Mano-Zisi, Caricin 27-8. 32 Mango, Deaeloppement, 50 n. " W. Muller-Wiener, "Das `Sigma'--- eine spatantike Bauform," in Armagan-Festschrii E. Akurgal (= Anadolu-Anatolia 21, 1978/80) (Ankara, 1987), 121-9. 33 Built under Flavius Arcadius Alexander, governor of Arabia; M. Sartre, Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, XIII, no. 9122. 34 The inscriptions, stating that the sigma was built in the days of Theosebius, the governor of Palaestina Secunda, are on two limestone blocks; Tsafrir and Foerster, "Scythopolis," 121-2, 130, figs.

41, ed. A. " The importance of this testimony lies in its date (362). CHAPTER THREE THE PORTICOED STREET AT CONSTANTINOPLE Marlia Mundell Mango The rhetorical potential of public architecture was well understood by the Roman state. ' The origins of ceremonial aspects of the new capital of the Eastern Roman Empire are often sought at Rome. While the symbolism of seven hills cannot be denied, the physical realities of urban planning at Constantinople may not derive from Rome itself. D. 3 Praised by Libanius as a civilized feature at the heart of urban life,' the sloa or embolus, as it was called,' formed part of the stock image of the For a recent discussion, see F.

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