Pierre Gilles’
Constantinople

A Modern English Translation

Edited & Translated
by Kimberly Byrd

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Note on the Translation
Translation: The Topography and Antiquities of Constantinople in Four Books
Book I
I.
The Origins of Byzantium and its Various Fortunes
II.
On the Size of Byzantium
III.
The Rebuilding of Constantinople and its Size
IV.
On the Form, Area, Length and Breadth of present day Constantinople
V.
A General Description of [the Terrain of] Constantinople
VI.
The Layout of the City Described
VII.
The First Hill and Palace Region; Hagia Sophia and the Hippodrome
VIII.
The First Valley
IX.
The Second Hill
X.
The Second Valley which Divides the Second Hill and from the Third
XI.
The Third Hill
XII.
The Third Valley
XIII.
The Fourth Hill
XIV.
The Fifth Hill
XV.
The Fifth Valley
XVI.
The Sixth Hill
XVII.
The Valley which Divides the Sixth Hill from the Seventh Hill
XVIII.
The Seventh Hill
XIX.
Concerning the Walls of the City
XX.
On the Gates of Constantinople and the Seven Towers of Ancient Byzantium
XXI.
The Long Walls
Book II

I.
The Buildings and Monuments of Ancient Byzantium and of Constantinople, the New Rome

II.
The Monuments of the First Hill and the First Ward of the City

III.
Hagia Sophia

IV.
Description of Hagia Sophia as it Appears Today

V.
The Statues found near Hagia Sophia

VI.
The Pharos on the Ceres Promontory and the Mangana

VII.
The Baths of Zeuxippus and its Statues

VIII.

The Xenodochon [Hospital] of Samson and the Xenodochon of Eubulus

IX.
The statue of Empress Eudoxia, for which John Chrysostom was Exiled
X.
On the Part of the City Contained within the Third Ward
XI.
The Hippodrome and its Obelisk, Columns and Statues
XII.
On the Structure of the Colossus
XIII.
The Columns of the Hippodrome
XIV.
The Church of Bacchus, the Court of Hormisdas and of the Palace of Justinian
XV.
The Harbor of Julian and Sophia and the Portico called the Sigma; the Palace of Sophia
XVI.
The Fourth Ward
XVII.
The Forum Augusteon, the Columns of Theodosius and Justinian, and the Senate
XVIII.
The Imperial Palace, the Basilica, the Palace of Constantine and the Chalke Gate
XIX.
The Basilica and its Surroundings
XX.
The Library and Gate of the Basilica, and the Basilica Cistern
XXI.
The Chalkoprateia
XXII.
The Gates Situated between the Palace and Forum of Constantine and the Palace called Lampterum
XXIII.
The Miliarium Aureum and its Statues and the Fortuna of the City and her Statue
XXIV.
The Temple of Neptune and Church of St. Mina, the Stadia and Pier of Timasius
XXV.
The Lausus and its Statues: Venus of Cnidos, Juno of Samos, Minerva of Lindia, Winged Cupid, Jupiter Olympius, Saturn, Unicorns, Tigers, Vultures, Camel-Leopards. On the Cistern of the Hospital called Philoxenos, and the Chrysotriclinium
Notes to Book II
Book III
I.
Features of the Fifth Ward and the Second Hill; the Navalium/Neorium; the Port called the Bosporus, the Strategion, and the Forum of Theodosius
II.
The Sixth Ward and the Ancient buildings on the Second Hill
III.
The Porphyry Column, the Forum of Constantine, and the Palladium
IV.
The Senate, the Nymphaeum, Statues in the Forum of Constantine, the Philadelphium, the Museum, the Labarum, the Suparum; the Death of Arius, the Temples of Telles, Ceres Persephone, Juno and Pluto
V.
The Seventh Ward
VI.
The Taurus, Forum of Theodosius, the Spiral Column of Theodosius, the Tetrapylon, The Pyramid of the Winds, the Statues of Arcadius and Honorius; the Churches of Irene and Anastasia, and the Scyronides Rocks
VII.
The Eighth Ward and Back of the Third Hill
VIII.
The Ninth Ward and the Temple of Concord ; the Granaries of Alexandria and Theodosius; the Baths of Anastasia, the House of Craterus; the Modius; the Temples of the Sun and the Moon
IX.
The Third Valley and the Tenth Ward of the City; the Residence of Placidia and Palace of Placidia; the Aqueduct of Valens; the Baths of Constantine; the Nymphaeum
Notes to Book III
Book IV
I.
The Eleventh Ward and the Fourth and Fifth Hills
II.
The Church of the Holy Apostles and the Tomb of Constantine the Great etc.
III.
The Seventh Hill and Fourteenth Ward
IV.
The Hebdomon Suburb of Constantinople and the Magnara Triclinium; the Cyclobion; the Statue of Mauritius and his Armory; the Place called Cynegion
V.
The Blachernae, Triclinium of the Blachernae, and the Palace, Aqueduct and Many other Ancient Places
VI.
Concerning the Bridge which is near the Church of St. Mamas and its Hippodrome, and the Bronze Lion; the Tomb of Emperor Maurice
VII.
The Seventh Hill and the Twelfth Ward: the Column of Arcadius
VIII.
The Statues and Ancient Tripod of Apollo set up in the Xerolophon
IX.
Regarding the Columns now extant on the Seventh Hill
X.
The Thirteenth Ward of the City called Sycenae, and the Town/Suburb of Galata, also known as Pera
XI.
Description of Galata; the Temples of Amphiarius, Diana and Venus; the Theatre of Sycae; the Forum of Honorius
Notes to Book IV
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index
Commentary (separate download)
Complete Latin Text


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