Associations to the word «Byzantium»

Wiktionary

BYZANTIUM, proper noun. (historical) The ancient Greek city situated on the Bosporus, named Constantinople in 330 CE, and now known as Istanbul.
BYZANTIUM, proper noun. (uncommon) The Byzantine Empire.

Dictionary definition

BYZANTIUM, noun. An ancient city on the Bosporus founded by the Greeks; site of modern Istanbul; in 330 Constantine I rebuilt the city and called it Constantinople and made it his capital.
BYZANTIUM, noun. A continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395.

Wise words

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