By·zan·ti·um (bĭ-zănshē-əm, -tē-əm)
1. The Byzantine Empire.
2. An ancient city of Thrace on the site of present-day Istanbul, Turkey. It was founded by the Greeks in the seventh century BC and taken by the Romans in AD 196. Constantine I ordered the rebuilding of the city in 330 and renamed it Constantinople.
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