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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Walls of Constantinople, Prison of Anemas, Hexamilion Wall, Heptapyrgion, Monemvasia, Anastasian Wall, Patras Castle, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Constantiana Daphne. Excerpt: The Anastasian Wall (Turkish : Anastasius Suru , Greek : ) or the Long Walls of Thrace ( Uzun Duvar , ) is an ancient, stone and turf fortification located 64 km (40...

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Walls of Constantinople, Prison of Anemas, Hexamilion Wall, Heptapyrgion, Monemvasia, Anastasian Wall, Patras Castle, Qasr Ibn Wardan, Constantiana Daphne. Excerpt: The Anastasian Wall (Turkish : Anastasius Suru , Greek : ) or the Long Walls of Thrace ( Uzun Duvar , ) is an ancient, stone and turf fortification located 64 km (40 mi) west of Istanbul , Turkey built by the Byzantines during the late 5th century. Originally some 56 km (35 mi) long, it stretches from Evcik Ä?skelesi at the Black Sea coast across the Thracian peninsula to the coast of the Sea of Marmara at 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Silivri (ancient Selymbria). The wall was part of an additional outer defense system for Constantinople , capital of the Eastern Roman Empire and probably continued in use until the 7th century. The wall was named after the Emperor Anastasius I (ruled 491 518). However, there is evidence that the fortification already existed in 469 during the reign of Leo I (457 - 474) and in 478 in the era of Zeno (476 491), and it was maintained and renewed by Anastasius in the time from 507 to 512. The wall had a thickness of 3.30 m (10.8 ft) and a height over 5 m (16 ft). It was built complete with towers, gates, forts, ditches and a military way to protect Constantinople from invasions from the west by Huns , Slavs and Bulgars . A rectangular castrum with dimensions of 250 m (820 ft) by 300 m (980 ft) existed also in the central section of the wall. It is known that the wall had only a limited effectiveness, and the barbarians penetrated it many times, because the fortification's length made it difficult to defend the wall completely by a limited garrison , and also because the wall was not sufficiently strong due to its construction in haste. The wall fell into ruin after it was abandoned in the 7th cen...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781155330440
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Pages: 26
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.05 (d)

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