May 11, 330 AD

On This Date in in 330 AD, Constantinople, previously the town of Byzantium, was founded.

Constantinople was Byzantium
Now it’s Constantinople, not Byzantium
Been a long time gone, Byzantium
Now it’s a Roman delight on a moonlit night

Every gal in Byzantium
Lives in Constantinople, not Byzantium
So if you’ve a date in Byzantium
She’ll be waiting in Constantinople

Even old Lundenwic was once New Londinium
Why they changed it I can’t say
People just liked it better that way

So take me back to Byzantium
No, you can’t go back to Byzantium
Been a long time gone, Byzantium
Why did Byzantium get kicked downstairs?
That’s nobody’s business but the legionnaires


*with apologies to ‘They Might Be Giants’

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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