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Two RomesRome and Constantinople in Late Antiquity$
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Lucy Grig and Gavin Kelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199739400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.001.0001

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The Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae

The Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae

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(p.81) 4 The Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae
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Two Romes
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John Matthews

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199739400.003.0004

The first English translation of the Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae, a crucial source for understanding the topography and urban development of early Constantinople, is presented here. This translation is accompanied, first, by an introduction to the text, and then by detailed discussion of the fourteen Regions, and finally by a conclusion, assessing the value of the evidence provided by this unique source. The discussion deals with a number of problems presented by the Notitia, including its discrepancies and omissions. The Notitia gives a vivid picture of the state of the city and its population just after its hundredth year: still showing many physical traces of old Byzantium, blessed with every civic amenity, but not particularly advanced in church building. The title Urbs Constantinopolitana nova Roma did not appear overstated at around the hundredth year since its foundation.

Keywords:   Byzantium, Constantinople, topography, Notitia, urban development, regions, Notitia Urbis Constantinopolitanae

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