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Studies on the History and Topography of Byzantine Constantinople

1st Edition

By Paul Magdalino


332 pages

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Constantinople originated in 330 A.D. as the last great urban foundation of the ancient world. When it was sacked by the Fourth Crusade in 1204 it was the greatest city of the European Middle Ages. Its transition from the one to the other was determined partly by its continuous function as an imperial capital, partly by the steady proliferation of churches, monasteries, and Christian philanthropic institutions, and partly by the widespread urban disruption and depopulation that affected what was left of the Roman Empire in the east from the sixth to the eighth centuries. The studies in the present volume examine aspects of this long and complex process as reflected in the topography, monuments, self-image and political status of medieval Constantinople. They include a revised English version of a monograph published in French ten years ago, nine reprinted articles, and two published here for the first time.


’Throughout the collection what impresses is Magdalino’s range as a scholar, as he crosses the borders of traditional subjects and disciplines. …His skill in avoiding both wild surmise and pedantic nitpicking to arrive at conclusions that are realistic and satisfying will ensure that this book will be off the shelf and in the hands of scholars and students for many years to come.’ English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Medieval Constantinople; Aristocratic oikoi in the 10th and 11th regions of Constantinople; The maritime neighbourhoods of Constantinople: commercial and residential functions, 6th to 12th centuries; Constantine V and the middle age of Constantinople; Observations on the Nea Ekklesia of Basil I; Basil I, Leo VI and the feast of the Prophet Elijah; The Evergetis fountain in the early 13th century: an ekphrasis of the paintings in the cupola (with Lyn Rodley); Constantinopolitana; The grain supply of Constantinople, 9th to 12th centuries; Constantinople and the 'exo chorai' in the time of Balsamon; Constantinople and the outside world; Pseudo-Kodinos' Constantinople; Addenda; Bibliography; Indexes.

About the Author

Paul Magdalino is the Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Byzantine History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Social History