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Headword: Kônstantinoupolis
Adler number: kappa,2287
Translated headword: Konstantinoupolis, Constantinople
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
"Constantinople stands as far above all other cities as Rome appears to surpass her; and to be awarded second place to Rome seems to me to be far better than to be named the first of all the others."[1]
"Three hundred sixty years had passed for the elder Rome since the reign of Augustus Caesar, and the end of her days were already in sight, when Constantine the son of Constantius took hold of the sceptre and founded the new Rome."[2]
From the foundation of the new Rome to the time that the Porphyrogenneti Basil and Constantine held the scepters of the Romans [the number of] years [...].[3]
Greek Original:
Kônstantinoupolis: hoti hê Kônstantinoupolis tosouton tôn allôn hapasôn meizôn, hoson tês Rhômês elattousthai dokei: hês to deuteran tetachthai makrôi beltion emoige phainetai ê to tôn allôn hapasôn prôtên nomizesthai. hoti triakosioi hexêkonta apo tês Augoustou Kaisaros monarchias dielêlutheisan eniautoi têi presbuterai Rhômêi, kai tôn pragmatôn autês êdê pros peras aphigmenôn Kônstantinos ho Kônstantiou pais epilabomenos tôn skêptrôn tên nean anistêsi Rhômên. apo de ktiseôs tês neas Rhômês mechri tôn katechontôn ta skêptra Rhômaiôn Basileiou kai Kônstantinou tôn Porphurogennêtôn etê ...
Notes:
Constantinople was previously Byzantium (beta 588) and subsequently Istanbul.
[1] Julian, Oration 1 p.8c Hertlein.
[2] From the Pa/tria Kwnstantinoupo/lews of the C6 CE Milesian historian Hesychius Illustrius (1.3-7 Preger). Constantinople was founded in 324 CE, so the reign of Augustus is here deemed to have begun in 36 BCE. Cf. kappa 2284, where it is pushed even further back (to 38 BCE, by the more precise figure 362). If, on the other hand, the Suda refers to the dedication of Constantinople in 11 May 330 CE, the Byzantine author(s) begin(s) the rule of Augustus in 30 BCE, the year after the battle of Actium.
[3] Material unidentifiable. The text breaks off at this point, before (presumably) giving the number of years between Constantine the Great and these two named Byzantine emperors, Basil II (976-1025) and his brother Constantine VIII (1025-1028).
Keywords: biography; chronology; geography; history; rhetoric
Translated by: William Hutton on 14 June 2000@12:33:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note and keyword; cosmetics) on 27 May 2001@06:37:38.
David Whitehead on 17 June 2002@09:55:05.
Mehmet Fatih Yavuz (augmented note 2) on 25 October 2008@11:05:51.
David Whitehead (expanded n.3; more keywords) on 25 March 2011@08:14:37.
David Whitehead on 25 March 2011@08:15:01.
David Whitehead (tweaking) on 15 March 2013@08:05:12.
David Whitehead (corrected my chronological note, at the prompting of Christian Iamartino; cosmetics elsewhere) on 2 May 2016@03:18:36.

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