• Lyudmil Vagalinski National Archaeological Institute with Museum, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 2 Saborna Str., 1000 Sofia


Can Balkan researchers of Antiquity work together – and systematically – on a common topic?

The present volume is an expression of precisely this kind of scientific and organisational collaboration.

At the end of 2015 we put forward a suggestion to our neighbours with whom we share the geographic area of Thrace: to establish a series of academic conferences dedicated to Thrace’s Roman and Late antique history. At that time, we did not expect such vast international interest. Eventually, it justified the choice of topic and gave meaning to our effort to be good hosts of the first edition of the conference in Plovdiv in the autumn of 2016.

Dear Chrysa (Karadima) and Mustafa (Sayar), thank you for believing in the idea and turning it into reality – as hosts, partners and friends!

Let us hope to be good Marathon-runners!