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To these questions I can find at present no answer. Addendum With regard to the ground gained on the sea, I should have also quoted Himerius, Or. Colonna Rome, , "It has already turned the sea itself into dry land and forced it to become part of the city, making solid an element that naturally sways and is unstable. Impressive buildings properly arranged had propaganda value as settings for key public events.

While the symbolism of seven hills cannot be denied, the physical realities of urban planning at Constantinople may not derive from Rome itself. One major difference between the two cities is the colonnaded or porticoed street, once highly visible at Constantinople but not at Rome. Segal, From Function to Monument. On the question of the colonnaded street in the Western Empire where the porticoes remained as parts of individual buildings rather than as parts of a unified street, see J. A porticoed street at Corinth is contemporary; on dating see the summary in Segal, Function, 9 n.

Libanius, Oration XI. The Antiochikos, see "Antioche decrite par Libanius," tr. Festugiere and commentary by R. Martin, in A. Festugiere, Antioche paienne et chritienne.

Libanius, Chysostome et Its moines de Syrie Paris, , , Welles in Gerasa, City of the Decapolis, ed. Kraeling New Haven, , , no. Le Bas and W.

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Libanius compared it to a river running through the city. Furthermore, a high level of civic organization was required to finance, build and maintain the colonnaded street. These streets have recently been the subject of a study by Arthur Segal, set in part of the Eastern Empire south Syria, Palestine and Arabia. This study is mainly concerned with the Roman rather than late Roman period, but offers a useful framework within which later streets, including those of Constantinople, may be considered. The following paper will commence with a few remarks about the layout of the porticoed street at Constantinople in conjunction with special parts of the city and will then discuss the archaeological and other evidence for the configuration of the streets themselves.

One north-south street, of which we know little, probably linked what may have been the two agoras of the Graeco-Roman city of Byzantion-the Strategion by the Golden Horn harbors and the Tetrastoon to the south.

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See Libanius in Festugiere, Antioche, Artemios, ed. Papadopoulos-Kerameus, Varia graeca sacra St. Petersburg, and The Miracles of St. Crisafulli and J. On the connecting street, see also A. A second north-south street bisected the Mese between the Constantinian and Theodosian fora connecting it with the Golden Horn and the harbor of Julian. In conventional Roman terms, the central north-south street corresponded to the cardo maximus, while the eastwest Mese was the decumanus maximus.

These range from rigidly deployed grid systems to more eccentric arrangements.

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As far as excavated areas seem to suggest, fairly rigid grids were adopted by at least the second century at Antioch and Apamea in Syria, and at Caesarea in Palestine. All three cities are longer than they are broad. Bostra and Gerasa have a broader configuration; at Bostra the main east-west street argues against the existence of such a street. On the Tetrastoon, see C. Mango, The Brazen House. Lassus, Les portiques d'Antioche.

Princeton, , , plans I-II; J. Batty and J. Batty, "Le cadre topographique et historique," in Apamee de Syrie. Bilan des recherches archeologiques , ed. Batty Brussels, , , folded plan; K. Holum et al. Another group of sites with a somewhat rigid grid system are cities such as Philippopolis modelled on the square Roman castrum plan, having four gates and two main streets crossing at the center; variant layouts are found at Rusafa and Zenobia.

The tall, slender proportions of its second-third-century colonnades, based on a nine-meter high column, are elegant, and the shifts in street direction and in horizontal and vertical levels of facade avoid the threat of monotony posed by the prospect of regimented rows of uniform columns. Its streets are punctuated by oval and round piazzas and contain tetrapyla of two types. What may be regarded as a non-classical or extravagant aspect may be explained in terms of the origin of the Graeco-Roman porticoed street in oriental Hellenistic lands.

At Palmyra one has the impression of experimentation unfettered by natural features, such as bodies of water, graded terrain, hills, etc. In other words, there the rigid grid has been avoided or adjusted in the interests of aesthetic effect. A related effect is achieved for topographical reasons at Ephesus, where two hills interfere with the development of an extensive grid.

Of two main east-west streets, one, the Arcadiane, terminates at a hill and the other, the Embolos, is forced into a diagonal path between both hills. Sartre, Bostra. Des origins a l'Islam Paris, , pl. Kraeling, Gerasa. City of the Decapolis New Haven, ; A. Butler, Syria. Princeton University Archaeological Expedition to Syria in and Ancient Architecture in Syria. Section A.


Southern Syria, Part 4. Lauffray, Halabiya Zenobia. Mango, Byzantine Architecture New York, , figs. Saliou, "Du portique a la rue a portiques. Bammer, "Zur Topographic and Stadtbaulichen Entwicklung von Ephesos," ,Jahreshee des osterreichischen archdologischen Instituts 46 , Four main colonnaded streets are thus diagonally positioned.

Special Features In addition to fora, specific monumental features associated with porticoed streets-namely round piazzas, tetrapyla and nymphaea-were just noted in passing and all were found at Constantinople Fig. While the Tetrastoon, eventually remodelled by Justinian and thereafter called the Augusteum, had a conventional rectangular form and the Forum of Theodosius may have likewise had a rectilinear layout," Constantine's Forum was circular.

A tetrapylon stood between the fora of Constantine and Theodosius, marking the crossing of the main cardo and decumanus, while nymphaea adorned some public spaces, notably the Forum of Constantine, and others in Regions IV-V and X. These will now be briefly considered in the light of comparanda, with the exception of so-called triumphal arches such as those of the Constantinian and Theodosian Fora which form a better studied type.

Tsafrir and G. Bavant, V.