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Istanbul—Capital of the Byzantine Emperors

Lecture no. 22 from the course: The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey, from Athens to Istanbul

Istanbul—Capital of the Byzantine Emperors

Taught by Professor John R. Hale | 30 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Travel Courses

In this first lecture on the wonders of Istanbul, study the history of the Byzantine Empire and the establishment of Byzantium as a new Rome. Encounter imposing elements of this culture in the cathedral-like Basilica Cistern, the Theodosian Walls, and the impassioned rituals of the Hippodrome, nerve center of Byzantine life.


June 7, 2016