Istanbul: The Imperial City

  • Title: Istanbul: The Imperial City
  • Author: John Freely
  • ISBN: 9780140244618
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • Istanbul The Imperial City Synopsis Istanbul imperial capital of the Roman Byzantine and Ottoman Empires is the only city in the world which bestrides two continents a magnificently situated city as a poet once wrote surro
    Synopsis Istanbul, imperial capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, is the only city in the world which bestrides two continents a magnificently situated city, as a poet once wrote, surrounded by a garland of waters The Greek colony of Byzantium was transformed into Christian Constantinople in 330 and became Islamic Istanbul after the Turkish conquestSynopsis Istanbul, imperial capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, is the only city in the world which bestrides two continents a magnificently situated city, as a poet once wrote, surrounded by a garland of waters The Greek colony of Byzantium was transformed into Christian Constantinople in 330 and became Islamic Istanbul after the Turkish conquest of 1453 Yet despite a succession of sackings, riots and earthquakes, it always managed to retain its unique atmosphere and appeal For over 2,000 years travellers have come, been dazzled and taken home tales of its marvels and mysteries, its debaucheries and delights John Freely tells the story of the city from its foundation to the present day, brilliantly capturing the flavour of daily life as well as court ceremonial and intrigue He also includes a comprehensive gazetteer of all major monuments and museums.

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    About John Freely


    1. John Freely was born in 1926 in Brooklyn, New York to Irish immigrant parents, and spent half of his early childhood in Ireland He dropped out of high school when he was 17 to join the U S Navy, serving for two years, including combat duty with a commando unit in the Pacific, India, Burma and China during the last year of World War II After the war, he went to college on the G I Bill and eventually received a Ph.D in physics from New York University, followed by a year of post doctoral study at Oxford in the history of science He worked as a research physicist for nine years, including five years at Princeton University In 1960 he went to stanbul to teach physics at the Robert College, now the Bo azi i University, and taught there until 1976 He then went on to teach and write in Athens 1976 79 , Boston 1979 87 , London 1987 88 , stanbul 1988 91 and Venice 1991 93 In 1993 he returned to Bo azi i University, where he teaches a course on the history of science His first book, co authored by the late Hilary Sumner Boyd, was Strolling Through stanbul 1972 Since then he has published than forty books.


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    1. Yowzer. I thought it was hard to memorize the Presidents of the United States. It would be quite an accomplishment to memorize all of the rulers of Istanbul. I finally abandoned the book about halfway through. I am sure that it is an accurate listing of who ruled when, what architectural feats they accomplished, what major battles they fought in, whose eyes they gouged out, but it to me was a mind-numbing whirl of facts and figures, none of which were terribly interesting. More interesting to me [...]

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    2. It's already a part of tradition that I always find and buy a book about the places I visit - fortunately Istanbul have not one but two excellent english bookshops in the central area (same owner) that cater for tourists, visitors and diplomats - there is a nice selection of books about Turkey and Islam in english so I selected "Istanbul - the imperial city" by John Freely as my first introduction to this beautiful and exciting city, since I don't know much about its history except basic informa [...]

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    3. This is a book I enjoyed reading With my general love of history, the author introduced me to pre Ottoman Istanbul, which revealed to me along with Ottoman and Republican Istanbul this what weight and value this beautiful city has in world history making me love Istanbul even more The author divides the book into three parts ; Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul.The first two cover the period before the 1453 Ottoman conquest, taking us back to around 600 bc with the early Greek settlements in t [...]

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    4. John Freely's reference book can be identified as "tale of three cities": Byzantium, Constantinople and İstanbul. This lyric tale, which attracts the reader from the very first page, just starting with ethymological roots of İstanbul "stin poli", i.e. to the city, ('no other name is needed to identify it' as Freely beautifully points out) and Anatolia which means "land of sunrise", whereas Europe can be translated as "land of darkness" in both Indo-Europe and Semitic languages according to Fre [...]

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    5. O incursiune incredibilă în istoria metropolei de pe Bosfor, a singurului oraș situat pe două continente, capitală a Imperiilor Bizantin și Otoman, al cărei farmec continuă să persiste

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    6. I bought this book on the road back from Istanbul, a city I enjoyed very much during a week-long visit. Istanbul: The Imperial City by John Freely is exactly what I should have been reading before visiting: it is a history of the city sprinkled with descriptions of the buildings and landmarks still visible at the middle of the 1990s. We are also given excerpts from some of the most important writings on the topic of Istanbul, especially from the old writs.In active, somewhat repetitive prose, Fr [...]

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    7. This book about Byzantium/Constantinople/Istanbul, by the American teacher John Freely, is a curious read. It purports to be a chronological history of the city, yet is in fact mostly a string of anecdotes about the doings of its sometime rulers interspersed with the odd undigested gobbet of political history. It has none of the contextual depth or atmospherics required to really understand the place, in the way, for example, that you can almost walk the streets of Victorian London in Desmond an [...]

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    8. Objectively, this book is kind of boring. I picked this book up because I find Istanbul enchanting and I enjoyed the portions of this book that focus on the growth and development of the city and its landmarks enough to like the book as a whole. But, that really isn't the book's focus. Instead, Freely focuses on the long and violent parade of emperors and empresses that ruled the empires centered there. While these rulers' records brutality and duplicity makes the Song of Fire and Ice series loo [...]

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    9. Dalam buku ini dipaparkan sejarah Istanbul dari kacamata kota itu sendiri, bukan dari pemikiran barat ataupun Muslim. Menarik untuk dibaca karena kita bisa mengetahui sejarah perkembangan kota itu dari zaman romawi sampai berakhirnya kekhalifahan Turki Ustmani dan awal pemerintahan negara republik yang sekuler.

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    10. Too many facts to really digest by reading it through, but lots of information for someone visiting Istanbul that provides a significant depth of knowledge.I would have rated it lower if I had to read it all in one sitting--probably too overwhelming for that--but if you spread it out, you can see patterns and understand the flow of the city.

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    11. Byzantium, Konstantinopel, Istanbul, nama yang sama, diciptakan sesuai penguasanya. Telah berdiri tegak sejak 658 Masehi. Membaca buku ini membuat keinginan untuk suatu saat mendatangi kota ini kian berbuncah.

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    12. Given the age of the city of Istanbul I expected more commentary on the larger themes and patterns in the city's history. Instead this book read like a laundry list of emperors and sultans. That aside, it was very informative.

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    13. 8/10A nice overview of the city and its long history. It's thin in parts due to the length of time it covers but it's a terrific read.

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    14. This is not a book for casual tourists, or for those who are not really, deeply interested in the history and architecture of Istanbul. With that aside, it is rich and well written, full of insights.

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    15. Nu e neapărat o carte proastă, dar mă așteptam la cu totul altceva din partea unei monografii a celui mai extraordinar oraș, capitală a trei imperii. Mai degrabă este o istorie a succesiunii conducătorilor acestui Imperiu. Și e ceva de citit, pentru că dacă în Imperiul Bizantin, mamele își ucid fii pentru a deveni împărătese, nici în Imperiul Otoman lucrurile nu stăteau mai bine. Evlya Celebi vine ca un bonus și aduce un plus acestei istorii.

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    16. Istanbul, where Europe and Asia meet, is a dazzling and magical city; and in Istanbul: The Imperial City, John Freely does a strong and skillful job of setting forth the city's unique history. Freely, an American-born educator who has lived and worked in Istanbul for over 40 years, possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of, and an abiding love for, his city -- all of which comes through clearly throughout this well-written historical synthesis. The book's subtitle, The Imperial City, is more than s [...]

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    17. You have to have at least a slight interest in history to enjoy this book. It tells the story of rulers and important figures of Byzantium -Constantinople - Istanbul, blending facts with legends and myths. I bought the book while I was visiting the city, but I got to read selected chapters while I was there and finished the book after I got back home. As soon as I finished I wanted to go back :)The book helped me imagine the monuments of Istanbul in different times through history, particular at [...]

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    18. I bought this book to prepare for a trip to Turkey. I was slightly familiar with history in the periods of Justinian and the Ottoman Empire, but wanted a comprehensive look at one of human civilization's historical epicenters.This book is heavy on dry facts and royal intrigue: who killed who's kid to take power at what date, who repelled what outside group from which set of city walls?In this sort of history, authors tend to compress the highs and flows, failing to properly relate the awesome ac [...]

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    19. Theodosius the Reluctant: "Before his accession Theodosius had been a tax-collector in Adramyttion. He was working in his office one day in the summer of 715 when the rebel soldiers who were about to overthrow Anastasius II passed through Adramyttion on their way to Constantinople. One of the rebel commanders asked what his name was, and when he replied 'Theodosius' he was told that this was good enough to qualify him as emperor. Theodosius protested vigorously, but the rebels took him away and [...]

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    20. The extravagance, cruelty, glory and occasionally foolishness of the Byzantine emperors and the Ottomans sultans are infinites sources of delight for any reader. This is the main topic of John Freely's book, and the appealing subject is correctly transmited, even if in the last chapters the succession of sultans can get too mechanical and boring. This last flaw is in part saved by the many quotes that the author introduces in the book, which are surprisingly interesting, specially the ones by th [...]

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    21. This is great man history and I love it. The book does deviate a bit from the old school "maps and chaps" approach, but it does so in a very old school way. Freely tells all the entire known history of the city, emperor by emperor, and then Sultan by Sultan. The added flair is a description of the noteworthy monuments that have survived from each of those eras. Gibbon would be pleased. I don't mean to sound cheeky, the book is quite an acheivement. It packs 2500 years of political history into a [...]

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    22. I thought that I was going to hate this book, the first ten pages or so in. I swear to you, fellow readers, it gets better! It starts off dry but picks up the pace.ough combining Byzantium and Constantinople and modern Istanbul into one history, in 315, is a bit overwhelming. Don't ask me to remember any details, especially when the Ottoman Turks came to powereveryone was a Mehmet or a Pashaez people, vary those names a bit!I bought this book because I am going to Istanbul this weekendwow, is it [...]

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    23. This might be subtitled, "The curious traveler's guide to the history of Istanbul" or something of the sort. While giving a detailed account of the city, Freely doesn't neglect what's there today to see. (Short answer: PLENTY) The book is arranged in short chapters, each dealing with a historical period, which lends itself to reading up quickly, if not extensively, on any particular era of the city's long history. It doesn't read as a synthesized narrative with development of themes as much as i [...]

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    24. This is not a book to read if you're strictly interested in historical context of 2000+ years of history in the great city of Istanbul. It is, however, a great reference as a tourist who wants to understand a bit more context than is provided by tour guides and placards. This book works through the entire history from Byzas to Ataturk and gives a reference to all relevant sites within the city. It was a great resource for me during my first visit to Istanbul and would recommend carrying it along [...]

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    25. This book was a great history of Byzantium-Constantinople-Istanbul from prehistoric times until the present. It was great because it focused primarily on the peninsula that is old Constantinople. It was an amazing read just to see how many times this city has changed hands. After staying in the old city, it was really fun to check out where on the map certain things happened. Layers and layers of history. As far as Christian history, Constantinople ranks up there with Jerusalem, Antioch, and Rom [...]

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    26. menceritakan secara gamblang tentang perubahan keseluruhan yang terjadi di Istanbul bahkan sejak sebelum Masehi. bagaimana perpindahan kekuasaan sejak zaman Byzantium, beralih menuju Konstantinopel, ditakulkan sehingga menjadi Turki Usmani dan Istanbul modern zaman sekarang. menakjubkan mengingat kota ini mengalami akulturasi yang sangat dahsyat namun masih sanggup bertahan. bahkan kita masih dapat menemui peninggalan-peninggalan zaman Konstantinopel seperti Hagia Sophia.

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    27. Saya suka buku-buku John Freely. Asik dan menarik dibaca. Buat yang suka sejarah kota-kota, ini salah satu buku yang wajib dibaca mengingat Istanbul adalah kota tua yang sangat legendaris.Berbagai kisah menarik, seperti kisah Kesultanan Usmani, peperangan, tragedi, hingga kisah-kisah tak terduga lainnya yang pernah terjadi disana. Siapapun yang baca buku ini pasti akan melihat Istanbul dari sudut pandang yang baru.

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    28. Maybe this book deserves more stars.but it is an endless chronicle of the history of Byzantium.ConstantinopleIstanbule same city over thousands of years. Endless building and battlesothers killing brothers. The author, John Freely, does a remarkable job of keeping the story moving without becoming tedious; this is no mean feat. If you're going to Istanbul, you might want an overview. Which I am and I do.

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    29. i had to read parts of this book for a class, but i chose to read it all because i find the history of Constantinople interesting. i have never been there, but hope to visit it one day. this book would be a good one to read before travelling there to get a sense of the city. it's not a guide book, but could be one!

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    30. Lots and lots of information in this book so has taken me ages to read, every page seems to cover about 50 years of history. A fascinating and worthwhile read. It will be useful to dip back into and has a good reference system at the back.

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