Atlas of Roman Sanctuaries in the Danubian Provinces


Maps are the best tools for visualising big data, especially in the age of Google Maps and modern network studies. Numerous big projects focusing on Roman history are using already this surface to present their database also in form of maps, which help us to understand many specific details and local particularities of provinces or larger entities within the Roman Empire and beyond. There are fantastic maps focusing on global maps of the Graeco-Roman worldepigraphic material of the empire, the Roman cities and settlements, a map which compares ancient and medieval Europe,  the terra sigillata production sites, the amphorae and other pottery production sites, Roman economy and their sites and the Roman roads and networks. 

When it comes to Roman religion however, we are in a pretty bad situation. Although there are monumental projects focusing on mapping Roman sanctuaries and religious sites in GalliaItaly or Germaniae,  none of these projects has a digital map yet. Some projects are focusing on individual divinities or religious groups, such as the Isiac cults,  Mithras or early Christian communities. These new projects tries to visualise the monumental work and heritage of M. J. Vermaseren and the EPRO series, where numerous maps were also published focusing on individual divinities or small group religions.

Expected results

The Atlas of Roman Sanctuaries in the Danubian provinces will be the first comprehensive digital  and open access representation of public and semi-public (secondary) sacralised spaces founded and maintained during the Principate in the territory of the Danubian provinces. The atlas will be a result of the research grant focusing on Roman religious communication in the Danubian provinces and will be published online at the end of the project (30.10.2021). The project intends also to publish the atlas in form of a printed atlas too in the collaboration with several colleagues from Central-East Europe.