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[bih-zan-shee-uh m, -tee-uh m] /bɪˈzæn ʃi əm, -ti əm/
an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara: Constantine I rebuilt it and renamed it Constantinople a.d.
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  • And at Byzantium the new citizens, being detected in plots against the state, were driven out of the city by force of arms.

    Politics Aristotle
  • And not long afterward Justinian succeeded to the imperial power in Byzantium.

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  • There and at Byzantium, there is a demand for all kinds of living beasts of prey.

    Homo Sum, Complete Georg Ebers
  • The style recalls at once classical art and the art of Byzantium.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • Lesser cities were centres of trade, like Corinth or Byzantium, or of culture, such as Athens.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • Such were the causes and origin of the war between Rhodes and Byzantium.

British Dictionary definitions for Byzantium


/bɪˈzæntɪəm; baɪ-/
an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus: founded about 660 bc; rebuilt by Constantine I in 330 ad and called Constantinople; present-day Istanbul
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Word Origin and History for Byzantium

said to be named for its 7c. B.C.E. Greek founder, Byzas of Megara.

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