The city of Constantinople, founded by the emperor Constantine in A.D. 324 on the site of Byzantium, is conventionally referred to as the 'capital' of the 'Eastern Roman Empire', later the 'Byzantine Empire'. This talk will go back to the beginning and investigate precisely why Constantine decided to found a new city named after himself, and why he chose the site on the Bosphorus. It will then consider the short-term and long-term significance of the founding of this 'New Rome' for the government and administration of the Roman empire.
Non-members are welcome. A donation of $10 per person includes entry in the lucky door prize and afternoon tea. Afternoon tea will be held in E318, Forgan Smith Building.