Conflicts and Catastrophes in Roman and Late Antique Thrace

Fourth International Conference “Roman and Late Antique Thrace” (RaLATh), 12–16 October 2020, Burgas, Bulgaria

Strategically located and rather vulnerable at the same time, ancient Thrace experienced a fairly large number of turbulent episodes throughout its existence. Several unsettling events, ranging from man-made conflicts to natural disasters, have disrupted the usual rhythm of civic life and have left their imprint on historical record. The Fourth RaLATh Conference seeks to explore these processes by inviting scholars from various academic backgrounds. Relevant contributions will focus on different aspects of conflicts and catastrophes in Thrace: emergence, duration, chronology, management, and mitigation of the aftermath. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • armed conflicts – invasions, battles, uprisings
  • diplomatic rifts and discords
  • economic crises
  • natural disasters – earthquakes, floods, fires etc.
  • epidemics

Papers should not exceed 20 minutes. Posters should be of A1 size (594 x 841 mm). Authors should be aware of copyright regulations and will be responsible for bringing and presenting their printed posters. Conference languages: English, German, French. Paper proposals of up to 300 words and poster proposals of up to 200 words should be sent to and Deadline: 29 February 2020. Candidates will be notified of the committee’s decision by 31 March 2020.

No fee is required from the participants and the attendees of the conference.

The event is organized by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – Sofia and Burgas Municipality, in partnership with Istanbul University and the Ephorates of Antiquities of Rhodope, Hebros and Xanthi.

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