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Definition: City in present-day Turkey that was founded in 324 by Emperor Constantine as a new watchtower in the East. When the Empire split, it became the capital of the Eastern Empire and, later, the capital of the Byzantine Empire. Constantinople was ideally situated on the Strait of Bosporus, straddling Europe and Asia Minor. Its location gave it control over all trade coming to and from the Black Sea and the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Constantinople map (large)

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The Founding of Constantinople
Read about the beginnings of the famous city that became the head of the Eastern Empire.

More on the Founding
Even more information on the glittering city named after the emperor who founded it.

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