Synopsis for first lecture in series on 'Three Names, One City' beginning Thursday 4th January @ 2pm
NB Synopsis of morning course to follow
1 Introduction to The City, finishing with one word PLACE
2 Etymology of Byzantium
3 Founded (667 BC) by Greek city of Megara, near Athens
4 Storm Clouds from The East: Persia
5 Greek divisions, Athens and Sparta
6 Storm Clouds from The West: Rome
7 Caught in Roman Civil War 195 AD
8 Is it all over before it even really starts?
Istanbul by Bettany Hughes
Istanbul by Thomas Madden
I shall be adding books weekly, but these two are both general histories.