Black Sea Study Day:
The Northern Black Sea Coast on the Fringes of the Roman Empire,
(Sopot near Gdańsk, Poland, 2/8/2019)


The Bosporos and Rome

In 110/9 BC, Mithradates Eupator united large sections of the south, east and north of the Black Sea coast under Mithradatic rule for the first time. But after he had lost three wars against the Romans, his successors were confined to the Bosporan Kingdom in the North. Roman power gradually radiated into all angles of this peripheral area, whether through provincial rule or imperial diplomacy. The study of the Ancient Black Sea poses several difficulties: literary sources are scarce; the divides between the subdisciplines of Classical Studies sharp; national and ideological barriers further inhibited progress through the 20th century. Recent years, however, have seen several international and interdisciplinary initiatives to overcome such limitations. Our workshop will showcase current historical, epigraphic, numismatic and archaeological research. Many of the papers will be guided by these questions: how did imperial ambitions affect local communities? How did local dynasties, elites, and subjects shape their identities and develop their sociopolitical relations?

List of confirmed presenters:
Dawid Borowka, Gdańsk; Altay Coşkun, Waterloo; Anca Dan, Paris; Oleg Gabelko, Moscow; Inga Głuszek, Toruń; Mariusz Mielczarek, Łódź; Germain Payen, Tours; Joanna Porucznik, Wrocław; Nick Sekunda, Gdańsk.

The workshop is co-organized by:
Altay Coşkun, University of Waterloo, Nicholas Sekunda, Gdańsk University & Dawid Borowka, Gdańsk University

Contact: acoskun at uwaterloo dot ca (program) or davidborowka at gmail dot com (event organization)

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