Byzantium


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Byzantium

(bīzăn`shēəm, –shəm, –tēəm), ancient city of Thrace, on the site of the present-day İstanbul, Turkey. Founded by Greeks from Megara in 667 B.C., it early rose to importance because of its position on the Bosporus. In the Peloponnesian War it was captured and recaptured by the contending forces. It was taken (A.D. 196) by Roman Emperor Septimius Severus. Constantine I ordered (A.D. 330) a new city built there; this was ConstantinopleConstantinople
, former capital of the Byzantine Empire and of the Ottoman Empire, since 1930 officially called İstanbul (for location and description, see İstanbul). It was founded (A.D.
..... Click the link for more information.
, later the capital of the Byzantine Empire.
References in periodicals archive ?
In Byzantium, though, for six centuries, if you did not embrace Christianity, you were slaughtered.
Based on a close examination of the relevant sources, "Streams of Gold, Rivers of Blood: The Rise and Fall of Byzantium, 955 A.
Ruskin's discourse provided a means of challenging the privileged hegemony awarded to the classical world, and with which Byzantium and the Gothic had been unfavorably contrasted.
Orthodoxy in Byzantium, we are told, was no monolith, but a negotiation with arguments forcefully advanced and proof-texts drawn from the fathers employed as weapons through the later centuries.
They allow us to see the role played by Byzantium in the creation of the Russian state.
BYZANTIUM (15) SEXY vampire Clara (Gemma Arterton) arrives in a rundown seaside resort with her fanged daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan).
Byzantium Cert 15 VAMPIRES Clara (Gemma Arterton) and daughter Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan) born 200 years earlier find refuge in Byzantium, a deserted coastal guesthouse.
Byzantium is an intelligent and moody thriller adapted by Moira Buffini from her own stage play, which largely avoids the campy conventions we have come to expect from the creatures of the night.
They hit the jackpot when they encounter a lonely misfit (Daniel Mays), who lives in the decrepit Byzantium guesthouse, which would make a perfect base of operations for Clara's prostitution business.
These stories span time and space, in settings as diverse as ancient Byzantium, Havana in the era of slave labor, and contemporary East Texas.
Selcuk Altun's sixth novel, The Sultan of Byzantium, positions itself as a skillfully constructed tribute to Byzantium, attracting attention with its "provocative title.
1-8) defines her edition of A Companion to Byzantium as a 'pro-Byzantium' work, thereby strongly criticising and rejecting the Western European viewpoint that 'the classics and the Renaissance are the two high points of civilization' and that 'Byzantium is neither'.