Episode 10 – Constantinople

Istambul and the Bosporus

Istambul and the Bosporus

We explore the capital of the Byzantine Empire: Constantinople. We look at the origins of the city and trace its development from Greek city to Imperial centre. Then we see why it had such a strategically valuable location. After that we visit the city itself in the 6th century from the Great Palace to the streets.

Period: 320-518

Image: Istanbul and the Bosporus

(Author: Astronaut photograph ISS008-E-21752, Source Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Istambul_and_Bosporus_big.jpg)

Map: The map below shows Constantinople during the Byzantine years. You can revisit this map in the future as it will be relevant throughout the life of the podcast.

(Author: Konstantinos Plakidas, Source Website: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Cplakidas)

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Constantinople in the Byzantine era

Constantinople in the Byzantine era

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15 thoughts on “Episode 10 – Constantinople

  1. Dan

    After a bit of googling after listening to this episode I stumbled across this paper: “The Triumphal Way of Constantinople and the Golden Gate” by Cyril Mango (here -http://www.doaks.org/resources/publications/dumbarton-oaks-papers/dop54/dp54ch9.pdf/view). Lots of interesting detail to supplement your continuing “walking tour”.

  2. Brilliant, thank you

  3. j.miller

    Anyone else having trouble downloading? Ive been waiting for this episode for a while now and I cant download it! Is it something on my end or what?

    • j.miller

      Nevermind. I got it working. Great episode as usual. I really enjoyed the the attention paid to all the little details. Thank you!

  4. Having listened to the first ten episodes, I only wish you could quit your day job and move to a rainy dessert island with internet conection.
    This is a great podcast and a worthy companion to the History of Rome. And that is the best compliment you can get.

  5. As I was listening and searching for actual depictions of buildings I stumbled across a site showing the buildings of the city circa 1200.

    This is a clickable map with a view of the city:

    Here are a few buildings:
    Chalke: http://www.arkeo3d.com/byzantium1200/chalke.html
    Great Palace: http://www.arkeo3d.com/byzantium1200/greatpalace.html
    Hippodrome: http://www.arkeo3d.com/byzantium1200/hipodrom.html

    Great job with the podcast!

  6. @ Francisco – you are very kind. Glad you’re enjoying them.
    @ Charlie – Brilliant! I will mention it on the next podcast, thank you for sharing

  7. hotea1313

    really enjoyed this episode but looking on the map i see a gate on the harbor of theodosius named the jewish gate. anyone have any idea whats the story behind that?

  8. Good question 🙂 The Jews of Constantinople tended to live in the same area of the city. Over the centuries this enclave was moved. From a brief scan I can see references to Jews living near the supposedly named “Jewish Gate” but those references don’t suggest it was near the harbour so not sure about this. This map is not specific to one time though and hence multiple names for certain gates or areas. If you would like to know more about the Jewish community in the city then remind me when we come to question and answer podcasts at the end of the century.

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  11. Excellent podcast. I can really picture Constantinople in my head. An amazing city, if only I had the resources to make a movie that would be grand. I am new to this podcast and this is my first episode. I got interested in the Byzantine Empire after watching the Real Crusades History videos on Youtube and I just finished Charles Omen’s History of the Byzantine Empire. Hopefully these podcasts would be a great adventure.

  12. Malcolm

    My name is Malcolm. I’m five. My dad had your show on in the car. I liked it.

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