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Chapter VI: Byzantine,   pp. [72]-80 PDF (2.4 MB)

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                        CHAPTER VI. 
'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things 
                      not seen." - Hebrews. 
   Rome and her inhabitants were so bound up with their pagan 
raditions and beliefs that Constantine thought it almost impossible 
o Control a Christianized empire from that city as a center. According- 
y he founded a new city, Byzantine, later named Constantinople in 
Ls honor, where religious conservation should place no further 
npediments in his way. After careful deliberation this city was 
!hosen for its advantageous location. It is situated on the European 
ide of the Channel Bosporus, near to its opening into the Sea. The 
aarrow arm of the sea, called the Golden Horn, extends into the land 
o as to form a safe and most commodious harbor, with water of 
ufficient depth to float the largest men of war. His wisdom in select- 
ng this commanding situation, the gate-way between the East and 
he West, has been universally recognized and the site has often been 
ontended for by both the Orient and the Occident. 
   Rome had become too military to inspire her subjects with the 
entiment and feeling necessary to produce an interesting art. It was 
n a decline, cold, and in detail uninspiring. Though the public 
acked a clear conception of the purpose or style of the new art, with 
low but persistent growth and development, they were able to blend 
he various elements which contributed to its formation. into an 

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