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Chapter XVI.—The Emperor Constantine having enlarged the Ancient Byzantium, calls it Constantinople.

After the Synod the emperor spent some time in recreation, and after the public celebration of his twentieth anniversary of his accession,205205    The Vicennalia. he immediately devoted himself to the reparation of the churches. This he carried into effect in other cities as well as in the city named after him, which being previously called Byzantium, he enlarged, surrounded with massive walls,206206    These walls were superseded by the great walls built under Theodosius the Younger; see VII. 31. and adorned with various edifices; 21and having rendered it equal to imperial Rome, he named it Constantinople, establishing by law that it should be designated New Rome. This law was engraven on a pillar of stone erected in public view in the Strategium,207207    ‘Mansion house,’ the building in which the two chief magistrates had their headquarters. near the emperor’s equestrian statue.208208    The city was formally dedicated as the capital of the empire in 330 a.d. He built also in the same city two churches, one of which he named Irene, and the other The Apostles.209209    Cf. II. 16, and I. 40. Nor did he only improve the affairs of the Christians, as I have said, but he also destroyed the superstition of the heathens; for he brought forth their images into public view to ornament the city of Constantinople, and set up the Delphic tripods publicly in the Hippodrome. It may indeed seem now superfluous to mention these things, since they are seen before they are heard of. But at that time the Christian cause received its greatest augmentation; for Divine Providence preserved very many other things during the times of the emperor Constantine.210210    The text seems somewhat doubtful here. Valesius conjectures ῎ά τε ἄλλα πλεῖστα καὶ τοῦτο μάλιστα, idiomatically, ‘this among many other things’; but the mss. read more obscurely, καὶ ἄλλα πλεῖστα. Eusebius Pamphilus has in magnificent terms recorded the praises of the emperor;211211    Euseb. Life of Const. III. 33; cf. also 52–55. and I considered it would not be ill-timed to advert thus to them as concisely as possible.


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