Istanbul, the beauty of the past to the present day fascinated him; With its seven hills, natural harbour and strait it has always been an indispensable city. There is also a history of richness in the glory of this beautiful city. Although many people know about Istanbul in the Ottoman period, it is understood that the history of Istanbul goes back nearly 300,000 years ago. This unique city was the home of civilisations such as Byzantion and Byzantine Empire before the Ottoman Empire. In this article, we will give some information about Antiquity Istanbul. Here are nine information you probably do not know about Antiquity Istanbul!
Byzantion and Kalkhedon, located on both sides of the Bosphorus, are the settlements that constitute the core of today’s Istanbul; Selymbria is situated within the boundaries of Silivri.
In other words, Sarayburnu was the core of Byzantion.
The area where the traces of these periods of Istanbul is located is now known as the Historic Peninsula.
It is also believed that the Megarians were the founder of Byzas and the name of the city came from Byzas.
Eusebius, who lived in the Roman Empire period after Herodotus, gave the foundation of Chalcedon as 685 BC and Byzantium’s as 660 BC.
Instead of settling a much desirable place on the opposite shore, they settled here, the historians have made this assessment. Therefore, it can be said that the fact that Chalcedon was referred to as The Land of the Blind is a well-known story in Antiquity. It is believed that Byzantion was founded in the mid-7th century BC and after Kalkhedon.
Byzantion was the critical point of the trade between the Black Sea and the Aegean.
The Golden Horn was flooded with the bonito.
However, the Byzantion was afraid of plundering the fields by the Thracians and were unable to plant in security.