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The Fourth international conference of the Roman and Late antique Thrace series (RaLATh)

12.10.2020

The Fourth international conference of the Roman and Late antique Thrace series (RaLATh) will take place on 13 and 14 October at Sea Casino Cultural Center in Burgas, with the kind support of Burgas Municipality.

The conference theme, “Conflicts and Catastrophes in Roman and Late Antique Thrace”, will bring together 36 participants from 8 countries, who will deliver papers or posters dedicated to devastating episodes from the history of ancient Thrace – wars, natural disasters, epidemics, economic crises etc. (For more information see the PROGRAM and abstracts).

Due to the complicated situation with the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide and the subsequent travel restrictions, this year for the first time in the history of the RaLATh series, some of the contributions will be presented distantly. In this way, the event will be carried out in an unconventional format, with physically present and virtual participants.

In 2020, NIAM-BAS is honored to host the series for the second time. The Roman and Late Antique Thrace conference series (RaLATh) is a long-awaited initiative for scientific cooperation and exchange of ideas which was realized for the first time only in 2016. It is based on the trilateral partnership between NIAM-BAS, the Northern Greek Ephorates of Rhodope, Xanthi and Evros, and Istanbul University. The three countries, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, take turns in hosting the conference editions, dedicated to various aspects of the study of Roman and Late antique Thrace. Up until now, three such conferences have taken place – in Plovdiv (2016), Marmara Ereğlisi (2017) and Komotini (2018), with over 100 different participants from 17 countries, which led to the series’ popularity. The proceedings from the first conference edition in Plovdiv have been already published – “Cities, Territories and Identities” – and are available on http://series.naim.bg/index.php/BNAI/issue/view/BNAI_44_2018_download/Download%20BNAI%2044%2C%202018