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STUDIA BITHYNICA. An e-symposium on the archaeology and history of Bithynia in northwestern Anatolia

STUDIA BITHYNICA. An e-symposium on the archaeology and history of Bithynia in northwestern Anatolia


Date: May 11-12, 2023.

Meeting venue: Zoom.us


Bithynia was an ancient region in northwestern part of Anatolia, adjoining the Sea of the Marmara, the Bosporus and the Black Sea. It was bordered Mysia, Paphlagonia and Phrygia. From the fourth century B.C. it was an independent kingdom and its capital Nicomedia (today İzmit in Kocaeli) was rebuilt on the site of ancient Astacus in 264 B.C. Bithynia was bequeathed to the Roman Republic in 74 B.C., and became united with the Pontus region as the province of Bithynia et Pontus. During the Late Antiquity the region of Nicomedia and Nicaea witnessed several events related to early Christianity and early Christian ecclesiastical history. In the seventh century it was incorporated into the Byzantine Opsikion theme. Bithynia was eventually conquered by the Ottoman Turks between A.D. 1325 and 1333.


In this e-symposium which will be held on May 11-12 2023 on Zoom our aim is to compile all recent evidence on the archaeology, history, epigraphy, numismatics, historical geography etc. on Bithynia and its cities, such as Nicomedia and Nicaea during the ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine periods, i.e. sixth century B.C. and 14th century A.D.


The main organizers of this symposium are Ergün Laflı from Izmir (elafli@yahoo.ca) and Zoe Tsiami from Volos (zoetsiami@gmail.com).


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