The papers collected in this volume were presented at a workshop devoted to the city of Constantinople, which took place in Istanbul on 7-10 April 1999. The workshop, organized jointly by the History Department of Bogazic¢i University and the Institut Frangais d’Etudes Anatoliennes (IFEA), was the most significant conference on Byzantine Studies to convene in Turkey since 1955, and the first scholarly forum of wide scope on the capital of the Byzantine Empire, attended by a distinguished group of international academics, to be held in Istanbul, the historic site of Constantinople. Taking full advantage of its unique location, the workshop participants undertook excursions to examine monuments and sites that were discussed in a number of papers.