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3.10 Cities of God: Constantinople (Not Istanbul)

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Sep 13, 2023 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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In a short span of time, in the fourth century, Byzantium made the leap from a relatively insignificant harbor city to the de facto capital of the world. Constantine moved there from Rome and gave his empire a new (and Christian) founding. He also laid the foundations for a political milieu that made “Byzantine” a byword meaning complicated, bureaucratic, and corrupt. Constantinople’s laws, for better and worse, circumscribed the movements and actions of many of the later Fathers.


Mike Aquilina, Rabbles, Riots, and Ruins: Twelve Ancient Cities and How They Were Evangelized

Eusebius, Life of Constantine 3.54

Socrates Scholasticus, The Ecclesiastical History 1.16

John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium

Thomas Madden, Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World

They Might Be Giants, “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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