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Noun: Byzantium  bi'zan-shee-um or bu'zan-tee-um
  1. A continuation of the Roman Empire in the Middle East after its division in 395
    - Byzantine Empire, Eastern Roman Empire
  2. 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

Type of: city, geographic area, geographic region, geographical area, geographical region, metropolis, urban center [US], urban centre [Brit, Cdn]

Part of: Roman Empire

Encyclopedia: Byzantium