Byzantium

[bih-zan-shee-uh m, -tee-uh m]
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noun

an ancient Greek city on the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara: Constantine I rebuilt it and renamed it Constantinople a.d.

Compare Istanbul.

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Byzantium

noun

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

Byzantium

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

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