Constantinople by E.Groswenor

By E.Groswenor

История града императора Константина – Константинополя. Изданная в начале двадцатого века в Америке. Американский историк подробно описывает события, которые пережил древний город на Босфоре. Издание проиллюстрировано многочисленными гравюрами и картами. Книга выходила в свет тогда, когда европейские державы готовились к новой мировой войне. Вопрос – кто будет властвовать на Босфоре в то время был особенно актуальным.

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Of the most Middle Ages city of During centuries it was the fore- the world, surpassing every other in populousness, strength,, and beauty, and in the high develop- ment of its civilization. To the Mussulman it ranks next to Mecca,. The Christian must regard Medina, and Jerusalem. It was the first city it with still greater reverence. Christian, erected by the first Christian on the ruins of vanquished paganism. distinctively Emperor Here, almost in sight of the dome of Sancta Sophia, waswrought out the theology of the undivided Church by her Ecumenical Councils.

Longer other thoughts give way to one overmastering emotion. There, in its setting of islands and of Asiatic and Eu- Constantinople absorbs the horizon. I shall make no effort to describe the scene. I have gazed upon the fairest spectacles of earth, and I have beheld nothing ropean else hills, comparable with ward it stretches : this. Eastward, northward, west- CONSTANTINOPLE 8 " The City of the Constantines, The rising city of the billow-side, The City of the Cross great ocean's bride, Crowned with her birth she sprung Long ages !

The Emperor ascended to his throne in the Chamber . of the Tribunal, or the Kathisma, whence he could behold the thouAround him sands of his subjects. stood the surviving members of the His children's family. mother, the fair Fausta, whom he had smothered in the bath, and his Flavian oldest son Crispus, whom unjustly condemned, he had were indeed His mother, Saint Helena, had just died, but most of the AINT HELENA Mo ER OF That ^ imperial house were there. CONSTANTINE THE UREAT many of those princes were in after wanting.

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