The Antiquities of Constantinople
With a Description of Its Situation, the Conveniencies of Its Port, Its Publick Buildings, the Statuary, Sculpture, Architecture, and Other Curiosities of That City
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The Antiquities of Constantinople With a Description of Its Situation, the Conveniencies of Its Port, Its Publick Buildings, the Statuary, Sculpture, Architecture, and Other Curiosities of That City

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  • THE Antiquities OF CONSTANTINOPLE. With a Description of its SITUATION, the Conveniencies of its PORT, its PUBLICK BUILDINGS, the Statuary, Sculpture, Architecture, and otherCURIOSITIES of that CITY. With Cuts explaining the Chief of them.
    • In Four Books. Written Originally in Latin by Petrus Gyllius a Byzantine Historian.
    • TO Richard Banner, Esq; OF PERRY-HALL, IN THE County of STAFFORD.
    • THE PREFACE OF THE TRANSLATOR.
    • CONTENTS.
    • THE PREFACE OF THE AUTHOR, Describing the Situation of Constantinople, the Conveniences of its Port, and the Commodities in which it abounds.
    • THE ANTIQUITIES OF Constantinople. BOOK I.
      • Chap. I. Of the Founders of Byzantium, and the different Successes and Revolutions of that City.
      • Chap. II. Of the Extent of Old Byzantium.
      • Chap. III. Of the Rebuilding of Byzantium by Constantine the Great, and the Largeness of it in his Time.
      • Chap. IV. Of the present Figure, Compass, Length and Breadth of Constantinople.
      • Chap. V. A general Description of Constantinople.
      • Chap. VI. Of the Situation of all the Parts of the City describ’d.
      • Chap. VII. Of the first Hill, of the Palace of the Grand Seignor, of the Church of St. Sophia, and the Hippodrom.
      • Chap. VIII. Of the first Valley.
      • Chap. IX. Of the second Hill.
      • Chap. X. Of the second Valley, which divides the second from the third Hill.
      • Chap. XI. Of the third Hill.
      • Chap. XII. Of the third Valley.
      • Chap. XIII. Of the fourth Hill.
      • Chap. XIV. Of the Fifth Hill.
      • Chap. XV. Of the Fifth Valley.
      • Chap. XVI.
      • Chap. XVII. Of the Valley which divides the Promontory from the seventh Hill.
      • Chap. XVIII. Of the seventh Hill.
      • Chap. XIX. Of the Walls of the City.
      • Chap. XX. Of the Gates of Constantinople, and the seven Towers of Old Byzantium.
      • Chap. XXI. Of the long Walls.
    • Chap. I. Of the Founders of Byzantium, and the different Successes and Revolutions of that City.
    • Chap. II. Of the Extent of Old Byzantium.
    • Chap. III. Of the Rebuilding of Byzantium by Constantine the Great, and the Largeness of it in his Time.
    • Chap. IV. Of the present Figure, Compass, Length and Breadth of Constantinople.
    • Chap. V. A general Description of Constantinople.
    • Chap. VI. Of the Situation of all the Parts of the City describ’d.
    • Chap. VII. Of the first Hill, of the Palace of the Grand Seignor, of the Church of St. Sophia, and the Hippodrom.
    • Chap. VIII. Of the first Valley.
    • Chap. IX. Of the second Hill.
    • Chap. X. Of the second Valley, which divides the second from the third Hill.
    • Chap. XI. Of the third Hill.
    • Chap. XII. Of the third Valley.
    • Chap. XIII. Of the fourth Hill.
    • Chap. XIV. Of the Fifth Hill.
    • Chap. XV. Of the Fifth Valley.
    • Chap. XVI.
    • Chap. XVII. Of the Valley which divides the Promontory from the seventh Hill.
    • Chap. XVIII. Of the seventh Hill.
    • Chap. XIX. Of the Walls of the City.
    • Chap. XX. Of the Gates of Constantinople, and the seven Towers of Old Byzantium.
    • Chap. XXI. Of the long Walls.
    • THE ANTIQUITIES OF Constantinople. BOOK II.
      • Chap. I. Of the Buildings and Monuments of Old Byzantium and Constantinople, called New Rome.
      • Chap. II. Of the Ancient Monuments of the first Hill, and of the first Ward of the City.
      • Chap. III. Of the Church of St. Sophia.
      • Chap. IV. A Description of the Church of St. Sophia, as it now appears.
      • Chap. V. Of the Statues discover’d on one Side of the Church of St. Sophia.
      • Chap. VI. Of the Pharo on the Promontory Ceras, and the Mangana.
      • Chap. VII. Of the Bagnio’s of Zeuxippus and its Statues.
      • Chap. VIII. Of the Hospitals of Sampson and Eubulus.
      • Chap. IX. Of the Statue of Eudoxia Augusta, for which St. Chrysostom was sent into Banishment.
      • Chap. X. Of those Parts of the City which are contain’d in the third Ward.
      • Chap. XI. Of the Hippodrom, its Obelisk, its Statues, and Columns.
      • Chap. XII. Of the Colossus.
      • Chap. XIII. Of some other Columns in the Hippodrom.
      • Chap. XIV. Of the Church of Bacchus, the Court of Hormisda, and the House of Justinian.
      • Chap. XV. Of the Port of Julian, and Sophia; of the Portico nam’d Sigma, and the Palace of Sophia.
      • Chap. XVI. Of the Fourth Ward.
      • Chap. XVII. Of the Forum called the Augustæum, of the Pillar of Theodosius, and Justinian, and the Senate-House.
      • Chap. XVIII. Of the Imperial Palace, the Basilica; of the Palace of Constantine, and the House of Entrance nam’d Chalca.
      • Chap. XIX. Of the Basilica, and the Imperial Walks.
      • Chap. XX. Of the Imperial Library, and Portico; as also of the Imperial Cistern.
      • Chap. XXI. Of the Chalcopratia.
      • Chap. XXII. Of the Portico’s situate between the Palace, and the Forum of Constantine.
      • Chap. XXIII. Of the Miliarium Aureum and its Statues, and of the Fortune of the City, and her Statue.
      • Chap. XXIV. Of the Temple of Neptune, of the Church of St. Mina, (or Menna) of the Stadia, and the Stairs of Timasius.
      • Chap. XXV. Of the Lausus, and its Statues; namely, a Venus of Cnidos, a Juno of Samos, a Minerva of Lindia, a winged Cupid, a Jupiter Olympius, a Saturn, Unicorns, Tygers, Vultures, Beasts that are half Camels, and half Panthers; of the Cistern of the Hospital called Philoxenos, and the Chrysotriclinium.
    • Chap. I. Of the Buildings and Monuments of Old Byzantium and Constantinople, called New Rome.
    • Chap. II. Of the Ancient Monuments of the first Hill, and of the first Ward of the City.
    • Chap. III. Of the Church of St. Sophia.
    • Chap. IV. A Description of the Church of St. Sophia, as it now appears.
    • Chap. V. Of the Statues discover’d on one Side of the Church of St. Sophia.
    • Chap. VI. Of the Pharo on the Promontory Ceras, and the Mangana.
    • Chap. VII. Of the Bagnio’s of Zeuxippus and its Statues.
    • Chap. VIII. Of the Hospitals of Sampson and Eubulus.
    • Chap. IX. Of the Statue of Eudoxia Augusta, for which St. Chrysostom was sent into Banishment.
    • Chap. X. Of those Parts of the City which are contain’d in the third Ward.
    • Chap. XI. Of the Hippodrom, its Obelisk, its Statues, and Columns.
    • Chap. XII. Of the Colossus.
    • Chap. XIII. Of some other Columns in the Hippodrom.
    • Chap. XIV. Of the Church of Bacchus, the Court of Hormisda, and the House of Justinian.
    • Chap. XV. Of the Port of Julian, and Sophia; of the Portico nam’d Sigma, and the Palace of Sophia.
    • Chap. XVI. Of the Fourth Ward.
    • Chap. XVII. Of the Forum called the Augustæum, of the Pillar of Theodosius, and Justinian, and the Senate-House.
    • Chap. XVIII. Of the Imperial Palace, the Basilica; of the Palace of Constantine, and the House of Entrance nam’d Chalca.
    • Chap. XIX. Of the Basilica, and the Imperial Walks.
    • Chap. XX. Of the Imperial Library, and Portico; as also of the Imperial Cistern.
    • Chap. XXI. Of the Chalcopratia.
    • Chap. XXII. Of the Portico’s situate between the Palace, and the Forum of Constantine.
    • Chap. XXIII. Of the Miliarium Aureum and its Statues, and of the Fortune of the City, and her Statue.
    • Chap. XXIV. Of the Temple of Neptune, of the Church of St. Mina, (or Menna) of the Stadia, and the Stairs of Timasius.
    • Chap. XXV. Of the Lausus, and its Statues; namely, a Venus of Cnidos, a Juno of Samos, a Minerva of Lindia, a winged Cupid, a Jupiter Olympius, a Saturn, Unicorns, Tygers, Vultures, Beasts that are half Camels, and half Panthers; of the Cistern of the Hospital called Philoxenos, and the Chrysotriclinium.
    • THE ANTIQUITIES OF Constantinople. BOOK III.
      • Chap. I. Of several Places in the fifth Ward, and the second Hill; of the Neorium; of the Port nam’d the Bosporium; of the Strategium, and the Forum of Theodosius.
      • Chap. II. Of the sixth Ward, and the remaining ancient Buildings of the second Hill.
      • Chap. III. Of the Porphyry Pillar, the Forum of Constantine, and the Palladium.
      • Chap. IV. Of the Senate-House; the Nympheum; the Statues of the Forum of Constantine; of the Philadelphium; the Musæum; the Labarum and Syparum; of the Death of Arius; of the Temples of Tellus, Ceres, Persephone; of Juno and Pluto.
      • Chap. V. Of the Seventh Ward.
      • Chap. VI. Of the Street called Taurus, the Forum of Theodosius, the Pillar of Theodosius with Winding Stairs, of the Tetrapylum, the Pyramidical Engine of the Winds, the Statues of Arcadius and Honorius, of the Churches of Hirena and Anastasia, and the Rocks called Scyronides.
      • Chap. VII. Of the eighth Ward, and the Hind-part of the third Hill.
      • Chap. VIII. Of the ninth Ward; of the Temple of Concord; of the Granaries of Alexandria and Theodosius; of the Baths of Anastasia, of the House of Craterus; of the Modius, and the Temple of the Sun and Moon.
      • Chap. IX. Of the third Valley, and the tenth Ward; of the House of Placidia, and her Palace; of the Aqueduct of Valentinian, the Bagnio’s of Constantine, and the Nympheum.
    • Chap. I. Of several Places in the fifth Ward, and the second Hill; of the Neorium; of the Port nam’d the Bosporium; of the Strategium, and the Forum of Theodosius.
    • Chap. II. Of the sixth Ward, and the remaining ancient Buildings of the second Hill.
    • Chap. III. Of the Porphyry Pillar, the Forum of Constantine, and the Palladium.
    • Chap. IV. Of the Senate-House; the Nympheum; the Statues of the Forum of Constantine; of the Philadelphium; the Musæum; the Labarum and Syparum; of the Death of Arius; of the Temples of Tellus, Ceres, Persephone; of Juno and Pluto.
    • Chap. V. Of the Seventh Ward.
    • Chap. VI. Of the Street called Taurus, the Forum of Theodosius, the Pillar of Theodosius with Winding Stairs, of the Tetrapylum, the Pyramidical Engine of the Winds, the Statues of Arcadius and Honorius, of the Churches of Hirena and Anastasia, and the Rocks called Scyronides.
    • Chap. VII. Of the eighth Ward, and the Hind-part of the third Hill.
    • Chap. VIII. Of the ninth Ward; of the Temple of Concord; of the Granaries of Alexandria and Theodosius; of the Baths of Anastasia, of the House of Craterus; of the Modius, and the Temple of the Sun and Moon.
    • Chap. IX. Of the third Valley, and the tenth Ward; of the House of Placidia, and her Palace; of the Aqueduct of Valentinian, the Bagnio’s of Constantine, and the Nympheum.
    • THE ANTIQUITIES OF Constantinople. BOOK IV.
      • Chap. I. Of the Eleventh Ward, and of the Fourth and Fifth Hills.
      • Chap. II. Of the Church of the Apostles, the Sepulchre of Constantine the Great, the Cistern of Arcadius and Modestus, of the Palace of Placilla, and the Brazen Bull.
      • Chap. III. Of the Sixth Hill, and the Fourteenth Ward.
      • Chap. IV. Of the Hepdomum, a Part of the Suburbs; of the Triclinium of Magnaura; of the Cyclobion; of the Statue of Mauritius, and his Armory; and of the Place called the Cynegium.
      • Chap. V. Of the Blachernæ, the Triclinium of the Blachernæ, the Palace, the Aqueduct and many other Places of Antiquity.
      • Chap. VI. Of the Bridge near the Church of St. Mamas; of his Hippodrom; of the Brazen Lyon, and the Sepulchre of the Emperor Mauritius.
      • Chap. VII. Of the seventh Hill, the twelfth Ward, and of the Pillar of Arcadius.
      • Chap. VIII. Of the Statues, and the antient Tripos of Apollo, standing in the Xerolophon.
      • Chap. IX. Of the Columns now remaining on the Seventh Hill.
      • Chap. X. Of the Thirteenth Ward of the City, call’d the Sycene Ward, of the Town of Galata, sometimes nam’d Pera.
      • Chap. XI. A Description of Galata; of the Temples of Amphiaraus, Diana, and Venus; of the Theatre of Sycæ, and the Forum of Honorius.
    • Chap. I. Of the Eleventh Ward, and of the Fourth and Fifth Hills.
    • Chap. II. Of the Church of the Apostles, the Sepulchre of Constantine the Great, the Cistern of Arcadius and Modestus, of the Palace of Placilla, and the Brazen Bull.
    • Chap. III. Of the Sixth Hill, and the Fourteenth Ward.
    • Chap. IV. Of the Hepdomum, a Part of the Suburbs; of the Triclinium of Magnaura; of the Cyclobion; of the Statue of Mauritius, and his Armory; and of the Place called the Cynegium.
    • Chap. V. Of the Blachernæ, the Triclinium of the Blachernæ, the Palace, the Aqueduct and many other Places of Antiquity.
    • Chap. VI. Of the Bridge near the Church of St. Mamas; of his Hippodrom; of the Brazen Lyon, and the Sepulchre of the Emperor Mauritius.
    • Chap. VII. Of the seventh Hill, the twelfth Ward, and of the Pillar of Arcadius.
    • Chap. VIII. Of the Statues, and the antient Tripos of Apollo, standing in the Xerolophon.
    • Chap. IX. Of the Columns now remaining on the Seventh Hill.
    • Chap. X. Of the Thirteenth Ward of the City, call’d the Sycene Ward, of the Town of Galata, sometimes nam’d Pera.
    • Chap. XI. A Description of Galata; of the Temples of Amphiaraus, Diana, and Venus; of the Theatre of Sycæ, and the Forum of Honorius.
    • APPENDIX.
    • AN Explanatory Index.
    • A DESCRIPTION Of the CITY of Constantinople, As it stood in the Reigns of Arcadius and Honorius.
    • A DESCRIPTION Of the WARDS of Constantinople.
      • The first Region, or Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Second Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Third Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Fourth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Fifth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Sixth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Seventh Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Eighth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Ninth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Tenth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Eleventh Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Twelfth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Thirteenth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • The Fourteenth Ward.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • A Summary View of the whole City.
        • NOTES.
      • NOTES.
      • Some Account of the Suburbs as they are mention’d in the Codes and Law-Books.
      • Of the present Buildings of Constantinople.
    • The first Region, or Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Second Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Third Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Fourth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Fifth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Sixth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Seventh Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Eighth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Ninth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Tenth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Eleventh Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Twelfth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Thirteenth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • The Fourteenth Ward.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • A Summary View of the whole City.
      • NOTES.
    • NOTES.
    • Some Account of the Suburbs as they are mention’d in the Codes and Law-Books.
    • Of the present Buildings of Constantinople.
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