Calls for Papers/Nov 30, 2022

Studia Bithynica: Bithynia in North-western Anatolia

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Studia Bithynica: Bithynia in North-western Anatolia, Zoom, May 11–12, 2023

“Studia bithynica. An e-conference on the archaeology and history of Bithynia in north-western Anatolia” is an international conference scheduled to take place on May 11-12, 2022 via 

Bithynia was an ancient region and Roman province located on the southeastern edge of the Marmara Sea in the northwestern part of present-day Turkey. It was bordered by Mysia, Paphlagonia, and Phrygia. From the fourth century B.C. it was an independent Hellenistic kingdom, and around 74 B.C. it became a Roman province. During the seventh century A.D., it was incorporated into the Byzantine theme of Opsikion. It became a border region to the Seljuk Empire in the 13th century and was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Empire in the early 14th century. Several major cities of Bithynia sat on the fertile shores of the Propontis or in the forested inland, such as Nicomedia (İzmit-Kocaeli), Nicaea (İznik), Chalcedon (Kadıköy), Cius (Gemlik), Prusa ad Olympum (Bursa) and Apamea Myrlea (Mudanya). Besides being a coastal region, it is also occupied by mountains as well as forests and has valleys of great fertility. Since the studies of F.K. Dörner in the 1950s, archaeologically and historically Bithynia became a special focus in the fields of ancient Anatolian studies.

The aim of this online conference is to report on the state of research concerning Bithynia during the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods between ca. early sixth century B.C. and early 14th century A.D. We warmly welcome submissions from senior and junior scholars, including advanced graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from a variety of disciplines related to this Anatolian region. We intend to bring together researchers who can present new syntheses of archaeological data from Bithynia and enter into dialogue with scholars working on the same material subsets. Papers that engage the following themes and topics are invited:

  • Bithynia during the Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods,
  • Archaeological field projects in Bithynia,
  • Museum studies in Kocaeli, İznik, Bursa, Istanbul, Bolu, and Düzce as well as abroad,
  • Ancient Greek, Latin, and Byzantine authors and other textual as well as cartographic sources on Bithynia and Bithynians,
  • Bithynia during the Late Iron Age,
  • Bithynia and the Achaemenid Persian Empire during the sixth and fifth centuries B.C.,
  • The Hellenistic kingdom of Bithynia and its rulers,
  • Pre-Roman tumuli in Bithynia and their archaeology,
  • The coinage of the Kingdom of Bithynia and the Roman province of Bithynia,
  • The Roman province of Bithynia et Pontus (after the two legendary volumes of Chr. Marek in 1993 and 2003),
  • Roman provincial administration in Bithynia,
  • Historical geography and settlement patterns in pre-Hellenistic, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Bithynia,
  • Bithynia and Propontis,
  • Two Bithynian cities and their interregional relationships: Nicomedia and Nicaea (after the 2020 volume of Asia Minor Studien no. 96 on the recent studies about Nicomedia and Nicaea),
  • Epigraphic and numismatic studies in Bithynia during the Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine periods,
  • Geographical, cultural, and ethnic borders of Bithynia,
  • Relationships between Bithynia and neighboring regions,
  • Roads, routes, and population in Bithynia,
  • Military archaeology in Roman Bithynia,
  • The province Bithynia under the tetrarchy reform of Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 296,
  • Roman Bithynia and Christianity to the mid-fourth century A.D. (after the Michigan dissertation of G.J. Johnson in 1984),
  • Religious conflict in Late Roman Nicomedia and the rest of Bithynia,
  • The Christian martyrs of the late third-early fourth century A.D. in Bithynia,
  • Forms of Christian presence in Late Roman and Early Byzantine Bithynia,
  • Episcopal sees of the Late Roman Bithynia,
  • Jews and Jewish heritage in Roman and Early Byzantine Bithynia,
  • Bithynia’s companion for the Christianity and early eastern Orthodox Church,
  • – Notable personalities of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Bithynia (e.g., Arrian, Cassius Dio, and Helena),
  • The Byzantine province of Opsikion (after the TIB’s volume no. 13 in 2020 on Bithynia and Hellespontus by K. Belke)
  • Middle and Late Byzantine studies in Bithynia,
  • Miscellanea.

All approaches and methods are of course welcome: archaeology, ancient history, historical geography, epigraphy, numismatic, history of art, cultural anthropology, etc.

The conference language is English.