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Sophia resulting from the collapse of the dome in 1346, damage which would have been more fully repaired in 1349 than in 1348. 8 That a Novgorodian should arrive in Constantinople in the middle of the fourteenth century is not surprising. As a merchant republic active in international trade, Novgorod would have had ties with the major emporium of the eastern Mediterranean. " Indeed, the city seems to have had special contacts with Constantinople for many years while eastern Russia grew more parochial under the Tatar yoke.

The title is in decorated red script, and a later hand has added the marginal number "48th" (48-13), indicating that the work is the fortyeighth chapter of the manuscript. There follows on folios 409-424° a text of the work known as the "Tale of the Holy Places of Constantinople," or the "Russian Anonymous Description of Constantinople in the Fourteenth Century," which is published infra in Chapter III. The orthography of the text very strongly reflects the South Slavic conventions fashionable in the late fourteenth and midsixteenth centuries.

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