By Nevra Necipoglu

This quantity bargains with the heritage, topography and monuments of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and one of many maximum city centres ever identified, all through overdue Antiquity and the center a long time. It comprises 21 papers that emanate from a global workshop which used to be held at Istanbul in 1999. Divided into 8 sections, the gathering addresses numerous interconnected subject matters, starting from topography to ritual and beliefs, archaeology, spiritual and secular structure, patronage, advertisement lifestyles, social association, women's roles, groups, city improvement and making plans. in part drawing on new archaeological and textual proof, in part directing new inquiries to or reinterpreting formerly on hand resources, the papers awarded the following fill very important gaps in our wisdom of Constantinople and improve our notion of the town as either a actual and social entity.

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34, 42. 19 Lyttelton, Baroque Architecture, 204-16, 223-8; C. Saliou, "Du portique a la rue a portiques. Les rues a colonnades de Palmyre dans le cadre de l'urbanisme romain imperial: originalite et conformisme," in Palmyra and the Silk Road = Les annales archeologiques arabes syriennes 42 (1996), 319-30. 20 A. Bammer, "Zur Topographic and Stadtbaulichen Entwicklung von Ephesos," ,Jahreshee des osterreichischen archdologischen Instituts 46 (1961-73), 143-57. THE PORTICOED STREET AT CONSTANTINOPLE 33 metrical layout of Scythopolis is determined in part by the central tell around which the late antique city lay (Fig.

Wilkins. J. Stephens Crawford, who published the shops of one porticoed street at Sardis, carried out a comparative architectural study in which he analyzed the building materials and dimensions of the component parts of porticoed streets in the eastern Mediterranean. 52 These parts include roadway, colonnades, shops and columns; ideally, one should add to these diagnostic features the position and size of drains, sewers and aqueducts within the roadbed. One could also tabulate data relevant to the types of paving used for the roadway: for example, whether it was of basalt or limestone; cut into polygonal or orthogonal slabs, and set into a herringbone pattern or perpendicular to traffic.

SECTION ONE THE TOPOGRAPHY OF EARLY BYZANTINE CONSTANTINOPLE CHAPTER TWO THE SHORELINE OF CONSTANTINOPLE IN THE FOURTH CENTURY Cyril Mango I should like to re-open an old problem-one that has been on the table or rather in a bottom drawer since the sixteenth century. It is admitted on all sides that the shoreline of historic Istanbul as well as that of Galata and surrounding areas has been gradually creeping forward. In the 1950s the construction of the Marmara coastal highway (Sahil Yolu) gained on the sea a strip of 60 meters and, in places, much more.

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