International conference: Sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces – new results and perspectives, Szeged, 15-16th October 2021

With the generous help of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged in collaboration with the Austrian Archaeological Institute at the Austrian Academy of Sciences will organise an international conference focusing on sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces. The conference will take place ONLINE between 15-16th October 2021.

The conference is organised as part of my OTKA postdoctoral research focusing on Roman religious communication in the Danubian provinces.

Program of the conference:

15th October 2021 (Friday)


  • 00-10.15: official opening of the conference (Christian Gugl, Csaba Szabó)
  • First session. Continuities and reinventing traditions in pre-Roman and indigenous sanctuaries during the Principate. Chair: Mirjana Sanader
  • 15-10.35. Ljubica Perinic (senior research fellow, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Archaeology Department, Croatia): sanctuaries of Silvanus in Dalmatia
  • 35-10.55. Inga Vilogorac Brcic (associate professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Croatia): The sanctuaries of Mater Magna Cybele in Dalmatia
  • 55-11.15. G. Grabherr (University of Innsbruck), From the tribal sanctuary of the Laianci to a rural Roman cult site – a newly discovered hilltop sanctuary of the La Tène and Roman period near Lienz (East Tyrol).
  • 15-11.35. B. Kainrath (University of Innsbruck), Votive gifts and sacral inventory from the La Tène and Roman sanctuary in Lienz (East Tyrol).
  • 35-12.00. Discussion
  • 00-12.15. Virtual coffee break

Second session. Space sacralisation in public spaces. Chair: Christian Gugl


12.15-12.35. Mirjana Sanader and Mirna Vukov (Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia): Chasing Epigraphy, finding Sanctuaries. Written traces of Roman religion architecture in Dalmatia

12.35-12.55. Ivo Topalilov (Institute of Balkan Studies, The Center of Thracology, Sofia, Bulgaria): The Sanctuaries in Ratiaria and its territory

12.55-13.15. George Cupcea (senior research fellow, Transylvanian National Museum of History, Cluj-Napoca, Romania): A hexagonal altar from Apulum and its Oriental connections

13.15-13.35. Discussion

13.35-15.00. Virtual lunch time

15.00-15.20. Dan Deac (County Museum of Zalau / Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj- Napoca, Romania): Sanctuaries in Dacia Porolossensis. New results

15.20-15.40. Tomasz Dziurdzik (PhD candidate, University of Warsaw, Institute of Archaeology, Poland): sacralised spaces in the legionary fortress of Novae

15.40-16.00. Discussion


Keynote lecture

Michael Blömer

(Assistant professor,

University of Münster)

Jupiter Dolichenus sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces


16th October 2021 (Saturday)


Third session. Space sacralisation in secondary spaces. Small group religions and their sanctuaries. Chair: Michael Blömer

  • 00-10.20. Nadežda Gavrilović Vitas (senior research fellow, Institute of Archaeology of Belgrade, Serbia): Sanctuaries in Moesia Superior: new results and interpretations
  • 20-10.40. Nirvana Silnovic (PhD candidate, Central European University, Medieval History Department, Hungary-Austria): The Cult of Mithras in Dalmatia: A Glocal Perspective (to be confirmed)
  • 40-11.00. 11.00-11.15. Discussion
  • 15-11.30. Virtual coffee break
  • 30-11.50. Iva Kaić (Research fellow, Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia): Sacro-idyllic scenes on Roman engraved gems from Pannonia and Dalmatia
  • 50-12.10. Christoph Hinker (Research fellow, Austrian Archaeological Institute, ÖAW, Austria): A Cave, a Grave and a Bridge: Three Examples for the Sacralisation of Secondary Spaces in Southern Noricum
  • 10-12.30. Ivan Valchev (assistant professor, University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski, Faculty of History) and Bojidar Draganov (assistant professor, University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski, Faculty of History and Philosophy): Archaeology of the sanctuaries in Moesia Inferior
  • 30-12.50. Vyrbin Vyrbanov (Rousse Museum of Regional History): Small finds from Roman sanctuary in Sexaginta Prista
  • 50-14.30. Virtual lunch break
  • 30-14.50. Szilvia Bíró – Ottó Sosztarits – Bianka Horváth (Savaria Museum, Szombathely): The Isis sanctuary in Savaria and its topographical and functional correlation to the colony.
  • 50-15.10. Csaba Szabó (research fellow, University of Szeged, Department of Religious Studies Hungary): Mapping sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces
  • 10-15.40. Discussion and concluding remarks. Chair: Csaba Szabó, Christian Gugl

Colleagues who are not presenting can participate at the event after registration. Please send us your name, institution, the day(s) and section(s) you want to attend to the following address till 10th October 2021:





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