Constantinople: Birth of an Empire

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VOYAGE INTO THE WEST THEODORA GOES TO BITHYNIA

AT DAWM of Good Friday in the next year, A.D. 533, criers went through the distnicts shouting: "Old derelicts-- go back to your home. Go flying!" They shouted in the Greek koiné, the popular dialect the derelicts would understand.

Close to what was left of the Samson hospital stood the scorched brick walls of a hostel for the aged homeless. Custom ordained that in the morning of Good Friday, before the hours of the Passion, the ruler of Constantinople would walk like any ordinary citizen to this hostel and there make his gifts to the inmates. Since their hostel had burned down, the old people, who had holed up elsewhere, could not decide whether the Emperor would appear to make his gifts. After the criers summoned them, they scurried and helped each

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Table of contents

  • Books by Harold Lamb ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps ix
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword 3
  • I- End Of An Age 5
  • II - The Guarded City 28
  • III- A New Way Of Life 69
  • Voyage Into The West Theodora Goes to Bithynia 106
  • V - The Siege Of Ancestral Rome 165
  • IV- Coming Of The Four Horsemen 205
  • Vii Birth - Of An Empire 242
  • VIII- Justinian, First Emperor Of The Byzantines 276
  • Afterword 313
  • A Note on the Afteword 333
  • Index 335
  • A Note on the Author vii
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