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272 CE: Possible year of Emperor Constantine's birth.
 
 
308 CE: Constantine I named "caesar" of the west.
 
330 CE: Constantinople is founded on the site of old Byzantium as “the new Rome.”
 
331 CE: The Great Palace of Constantinople is first built by Constantine I.
 
 
337 CE: Death of Constantine.
 
337 CE: Death of Emperor Constantine I.
 
360 CE: First Hagia Sophia built in Constantinople.
 
 
363 CE: Death of Julian the Apostate.
 
 
379 CE - 395 CE: Reign of Theodosius the Great.
 
 
381 CE: Death of Athanaric at Constantinople from unknown causes.
 
381 CE: Athanaric is received with honors at Constantinople.
 
391 CE: Christianity becomes official religion of Empire.
 
 
395 CE: The statue of Zeus at Olympia is removed to Constantinople.
 
 
410 CE - 413 CE: The Theodosian Walls are built to better protect Constantinople.
 
 
457 CE: Leo I is crowned by the Patriarch of Constantinople, the first Byzantine emperor to be crowned by a bishop.
 
 
475 CE: According to the Byzantine historian Zonaras, the statue of Zeus from Olympia is destroyed by a fire in Constantinople.
 
481 CE: Theodoric Strabo marches on Constantinople.
 
492 CE: Byzantine emperor Anastasios I banishes the Isaurians from Constantinople.
 
 
493 CE: Byzantine emperor Anastasios I builds the Long Wall in Thrace to protect Constantinople.
 
500 CE: Ambrosian Iliad manuscript produced at Constantinople.
 
 
527 CE: Coronation of Justinian I and Theodora in the Hagia Sophia Church in Constantinople.
 
 
532 CE - 537 CE: Hagia Sophia is built anew in Constantinople.
 
 
532 CE: The Nika Revolt lasts over a week in Constantinople during the reign of Justinian I. The disturbance caused the destruction of much of the central city area and was quashed after a significant loss of life.
 
532 CE: Nika Revolt in Constantinople.
 
 
532 CE: Hagia Sophia rebuilt by Justinian.
 
534 CE: Belisarius celebrates a triumph in Constantinople following victories against the Persians and Vandals.
 
 
534 CE: Gelimer, the last Vandal king, captured and brought to Constantinople; Vandals cease to exist as a political/cultural entity.
 
 
542 CE: The bubonic plague, thought to have been brought through the Silk Road, decimates Constantinople.
 
559 CE: Belisarius is recalled again to Constantinople to defeat the invading Bulgars.
 
565 CE: Belisarius dies in Constantinople of natural causes.
 
585 CE: The Slavs march on to Constantinople, they are driven off by the Roman defence.
 
 
626 CE: A coalition of Persians, Slavs, Avars and Bulgars unsuccessfully lays siege to Constantinople.
 
 
674 CE - 678 CE: The Arab Umayyad Caliphate unsuccessfully besieges Constantinople.
 
 
678 CE: First recorded use of Greek Fire in Byzantine warfare during the Arab siege of Constantinople.
 
 
680 CE - 681 CE: The Sixth Ecumenical Council in Constantinople declares the end of Monotheletism and Monoenergism.
 
 
705 CE: Justinian II besieges Constantinople and reinstates himself as Byzantine emperor, removing the usurper Tiberios III.
 
 
711 CE: Pope Constantine visits Constantinople at the invitation of Byzantine emperor Justinian II.
 
 
717 CE - 718 CE: Greek Fire is used by Byzantine ships to attack an Arab fleet besieging Constantinople.
 
 
730 CE: Byzantine emperor Leo III decrees that all religious icons be destroyed.
 
 
741 CE - 775 CE: Reign of Byzantine emperor Constantine V
 
 
821 CE - 823 CE: Thomas the Slav unsuccessfully besieges Constantinople.
 
 
821 CE - 822 CE: Greek Fire is used by Byzantine ships to attack a Slav fleet besieging Constantinople.
 
 
867 CE - 886 CE: Reign of Byzantine emperor Basil I.
 
 
880 CE: Basil I builds the Nea Ekklesia (New Church) in the palace grounds of Constantinople.
 
 
888 CE: Vladimir I sends Varangian forces to help Basil II of Constantinople; creation of the Varangian Guard.
 
 
907 CE: Oleg, Prince of Kiev, attacks the Byzantine capital Constantinople.
 
907 CE: Byzantine emperor Leo VI dismisses the Patriarch of Constantinople, Nicholas I Mystikos.
 
 
941 CE: Greek Fire is used by Romanos I's fleet against a Russian fleet attacking Constantinople.
 
 
944 CE: A Byzantine army led by John Kourkouas besieges Edessa. The Mandylion icon is taken to Constantinople
 
969 CE: John Tzimiskes murders Nikephoros II Phokas in the imperial Byzantine palace in Constantinople.
 
 
976 CE - 1025 CE: Reign of Byzantine emperor Basil II.
 
 
994 CE: Trdat the Architect completes his reconstruction of the dome of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople.
 
 
1025 CE - 1028 CE: Reign of Byzantine emperor Constantine VIII.
 
 
1097 CE: The First Crusaders arrive at Constantinople.
 
 
1133 CE: Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos celebrates a triumph in Constantinople after five successful campaigns in Asia Minor.
 
 
1147 CE: The armies of the Second Crusade arrive in Constantinople.
 
 
1149 CE: A fleet led by George of Antioch attacks Constantinople.
 
 
1202 CE - 1204 CE: The Fourth Crusade is formed to recapture Jerusalem for Christendom. Instead, the Crusaders attack Constantinople.
 
 
1203 CE: The army of the Fourth Crusade arrives at Constantinople.
 
 
1204 CE: Constantinople is sacked by the Fourth Crusaders.
 
 
1204 CE: Count Baldwin of Flanders is made the first Latin Emperor of Constantinople.
 
 
1453 CE: Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II sacks Constantinople.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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