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... ancient writers who lived before the greatness of the imperial city had excited a
spirit of flattery and fiáion. . . brated IXVIIs 7 The ancients computed one hundred
and twenty stadia, 4 THE DECLINE AND FALL 'Description of Constantinople - -
The old castles, a work of the Greek emperors, command the narrowest part of
the channel, in a place where the opposite banks advance within five hundred
paces of each other. These fortresses were restored and strengthened by
The entrance is about five hundred yards broad, and a strong chain could be
occasionally drawn across it, to guard the port and city from the attack of an
hostile navy". Between the Bosphorus and the Hellespont, the shores of Europe
and Afia ...
It was here likewise, in a place where the distance between the opposite banks
cannot exceed five hundred paces, that Xerxes imposed a stupendous bridge of
boats, for the purpose of transporting into Europe an hundred and seventy ...
... describing the extent and limits of Constantinople *. In the actual state of the
city, the palace and Extent. gardens of the Seraglio occupy the eastern
promontory, the first of the seven hills, and cover c H. A. P. about one hundred
and fifty acres.
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