Why was Constantinople called New Rome
Constantine the Great built the city to resemble Rome, the center of the Western Roman Empire.
Constantinople was geographically close to Rome, the center ...
... of the Western Roman Empire.
Constantine the Great did not recognize the existence of Old Rome and sought to re-invent it.
The Christian Church and Old Rome leaders had moved to Constantinople.
When Constantine proclaimed Byzantium as the new capital of the Roman Empire, the official name was changed to Nova Roma, or New Rome. However, the people of the city called it Constantinople, or ...
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