This volume contains 11 articles that spring from the conference ‘Bridging the Danube: Roman Occupation and Interaction in the Middle and Lower Danube Valley, 1st-5th c. AD’ (Timişoara, 2014). The papers present current research by East European scholars at sites such as Novae, Viminacium and Drobeta. The volume is, in part, intended to stimulate awareness amongst western scholars of the importance of the provinces of Moesia, Dacia and Thracia in the history of the Roman Empire and the research potential in the region. Topics include the effect of the Romans on native settlements and defensive systems, the integration of modern technology and historical maps in archaeological surveys, the food supply of the Roman army, Roman defensive systems, funerary practices, demographic issues concerning Roman soldiers and settlers in the Danubian provinces, and imperial portraiture.
Eric C. De Sena is a professor of Roman archaeology, with research and teaching experience in Italy, Romania and Bulgaria. Since 2004, he has conducted projects related to the Roman provinces in southeastern Europe, including co-direction of the Porolissum Forum Project and a study of the imperial palace in Serdica.
Calin Timoc is a senior archaeologist with the Muzeul Național al Banatului; before this he served as associate professor of Roman archaeology at West University in Timişoara. He has directed and participated in many excavations of Roman sites in Romania, most importantly Timis.
Contributors:Oleg Alexandrov, Cătălin Balaci, Mariana Balaci Crînguș, Alexandru Berzovan, Cătălin Borangic, Bogdan Condurățeanu, Eric C. De Sena, Kamen Dimitrov, Tomasz Dziurdzik, Snežana Golubović, Olivera Ilić, Emil Jęczmienowski, Ioana Mureşan, Lucian-Mircea Mureşan, Calin Timoc, Agnieszka Tomas.
‘This book offers new data, but also new ideas concerning the Roman presence on the Middle Danube. … The work will be very useful for future studies on the subject, including research on the barbarian presence and activity in the Middle and Lower Danube region, no doubt about it.’ Prof. Dr. Artur Błażejewski, University of Wrocław