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A strait connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and separating Europe from the Anatolian peninsula of western Asia; Istanbul (originally Byzantium and then Constantinople) is located at its south end. Its name, meaning ‘cow's passage’, is said to derive from the legend that Io crossed it in her flight from Hera's vengeance.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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