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These fortresses were restored and strengthened by Mahomet the Second, when
he meditated the fiege of Constantinople': but the Turkish conqueror was most
probably ignorant, that near two thousand years before his reign, Darius had ...
Constantinople was about three Roman miles”; the circumference measured
between ten and eleven; and the surface might be computed as TT equal to
about two thousand English acres. It is impossible to justify the vain and
... may be formed of the expence bestowed with Imperial liberality on the
foundation of Constantinople, by the allowance of about two millions five hundred
thousand pounds for the construćtion of the walls, the porticoes, and the
... meetings of the senate or courts of justice, fourteen churches, fourteen palaces,
and four thousand three hundred and eighty-eight houses, which, for their size or
beauty, deserved to be c H A P. distinguished from the multitude of plebeian.
In the two capitals of the empire the annual games of the theatre, the circus, and
the amphitheatre*, cost four thousand pounds of gold, (about) one hundred and
fixty thousand pounds sterling: and if so heavy an expence surpassed the ...
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