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Szabo Csaba

Szabo Csaba

Born: 29.12.1987 Satu Mare, Romania


I was born in Satu Mare (Szatmárnémeti), Romania, a Hungarian-Romanian city near the border of Hungary.

I was captivated by ancient history and religions as a child reading numerous articles and beautifully illustred Bibles. Between 2007 and 2012 I was studying history at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj at the Hungarian department of history. Although many of my professors tried to attract me toward Medieval history, I fall instantly in love with classical antiquity, especially Roman religion. My BA and MA thesis were focusing on the local cult of Mithras in Sarmizegetusa and Apulum, coordinated by dr. Sorin Nemeti. In spring of 2011 I met also Richard Gordon, doyen of the Mithraic studies who remained an academic model for me ever since.

In 2012 I became PhD student at the University of Pécs, Hungary under the supervision of dr. Nagyernyei-Szabó Ádám. In 2013 as part of my doctoral studies I spent 7 months in the Urbs, mostly in the big research libraries and museums. This short, but intense period in Rome defined me as a person and researcher. In the spring of 2014 I was a DAAD stipendiat in Erfurt, at the Max Weber Kolleg, meeting for the first time with the person who will mark my view on ancient religions and research methodology: prof. Jörg Rüpke and his team from the LAR ERC Advanced Grant project. In 2014 autumn I became a PhD researcher in the research project of prof. Greg Woolf and Jörg Rüpke in Erfurt focusing on the Sanctuaries of Roman Dacia. In the period of 2014 and 2017 I participated on numerous conferences, workshops and activities of the Max Weber Kolleg which marked my academic carrier. I defended my thesis at 24st March 2017 as a result of a joint agreement between the University of Pécs and University of Erfurt. In the period of 2017-2018, for more than a year I was working outside of academia as many of my fellow colleagues do and will do after their PhD. Since 2018 autumn I am working as assistant lecturer at the Department of History at the Lucian Blaga University and as postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged.

Since 2010 I have published 7 books, more than 40 studies, 35 reviews and approx. 400 popularising articles in Hungarian, English, Romanian and German.

Universitatea Lucian Blaga Sibiu, Sibiu, .

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Nascut(a) in: 1987

Interese: religia romană, arheologia romană, patrimoniul arheologic, istoriografie

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Csaba Szabó, András Bodor and the History of Classical Studies in Transylvania in the 20th century, Archaeopress Ltd, Archaeological lives series, Oxford, 2020. ISBN 9781789698343[27]
T. Szabó Csaba, Erdélyi Régészet II. Írások régészetről és kulturális örökségvédelemről. Kolozsvár, Exit kiadó, 2019.[28]
Csaba Szabó - Imola Boda, The Gods of Roman Dacia. An illustrated dictionary, Lambert Academic Publishing, 2019.[29]
Csaba Szabó, Sanctuaries in Roman Dacia. Materiality and religious experience. Oxford, Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 49., 2018. ISBN 9781789690811.[30]
Csaba Szabó et al. (szerk.), Adalbert Cserni and his contemporaries. The pioneers of archaeology in Alba Iulia and beyond, Cluj-Napoca, 2017.
T. Szabó Csaba, Erdélyi Régészet. Írások régészetről és kulturális örökségvédelemről. Kolozsvár, 2017.
Csaba Szabó, Béla Cserni and the beginnings of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia. Cluj–Napoca, 2016.
Sorin Nemeti, Csaba Szabó & Imola Boda (szerk.), Si deus si dea. New perspectives in the study of Roman religion in Dacia. Special edition of Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai seria Historia nr. 61, vol. 1. 2016
Csaba Szabó – Imola Boda, Bibliography of Roman Religion in Dacia (BRRD). Cluj-Napoca, 2014.


Searching for the lightbearer: notes on a Mithraic relief from Dragu. In: Marisia XXXII, 2012, 135–145.
The map of Roman Dacia in the recent studies. In: JAHA I, 2014, 44–51.
Urbs et cultus deorum. Római vallás a Kr.u. II – III. századi városokban. In: Vallástudományi Szemle 2014/1 – 2, 42-58.
Discovering the Gods in Apulum: historiography and new perspectives. In: ReDiva II, 2014, 53–82.
Notes on a new salariarius from Apulum. In: Apulum 51, 2014, 533-544.
Roman religious studies in Romania. Historiography and new perspectives. In: Ephemeris Napocensis, 24, 2014, 195-208.
Notes on the Mithraic small finds from Sarmizegetusa. In: Ziridava, 28, 2014, 135-148.
Mithras rediscovered. Notes on the CIMRM 1938 (with George Bounegru, Victor Sava). In: Ziridava 28, 2014, 149-156.
Mithras rediscovered II. Further notes on CIMRM 1938 and 1986. In: JAHA 2, 2015, 67-73.
Notes on a new Cautes statue from Apulum. In: Archaeologische Korrespondenzblatt 2/2015, 237-247.
The cult of Mithras in Apulum: communities and individuals. In: Zerbini, Livio (ed.), Culti e religiositá nelle province danubiane”, 2015, 407-422.
With Ota, Radu, Cultul lui Magna Mater in Dacia romană. In Apulum 52, 2015, 227-244.
Romans in the garden. Notes on some recently attested stone monuments from Alba Iulia. In: Apulum 52, 2015, 217-225.
Placing the gods. Sanctuaries and sacralized spaces in the settlements of Apulum, Revista Doctoranzilor în istorie veche şi arhelogie, 3, 2015, 123-160.
Karl Gooss and the temple of Jupiter in Apulum, Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology 2.4, 2015, 136-144.
Digging up Lived Religion. Notes on a recent companion of archaeology of religion, Archaeus 19-20, 2015-2016, 471-482.
Histories of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia (1916-2016). In: Transylvania Nostra, 2, 2016, 30-41.
Mapping Apulum. Reconstructing a Roman city. In: Dobos Alpár – Molnár Zsolt & Pánczél Szilamér (eds.), ‘Archaeologia Transylvanica. Studia in honorem Stephani Bajusz. Cluj – Napoca, 2016.
Artemis from Ephesus in Apulum: notes on a recently discovered bronze statuette. (with Radu Ota, & Marius Ciuta). In: Acta Archaeologica Hungarica, 67, vol. 2., 2016, 231-243.
Beyond iconography. Notes on the cult of the Thracian Rider in Apulum. In: Nemeti, Sorin, Csaba Szabó & Imola Boda (szerk.), Si deus si dea. New perspectives in the study of Roman religion in Dacia. Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai seria Historia nr. 61, vol. 1. 2016, 62-73.
Bodor András (1915-1999). In: Rüsz-Fogarasi Enikő (ed.), A Babes-Bolyai Tudományegyetem Évönyve 2016, 219-229.
Notes on a new Mithraic inscription from Dacia. (with I. Boda & C. Timoc). In: Mensa Rotunda Epigraphica, Cluj Napoca, 2016, 91-104.
Párbeszéd Róma isteneivel. A római vallások kutatásának jelenlegi állása és perspektívái. In: Orpheus Noster, 2017, 2.
Histories of archaeology in Transylvania. In: Szabó et al. (szerk.), Adalbert Cserni and his contemporaries, Cluj-Napoca, 2017, 373-400.
The material evidence of the Roman Cult of Mithras in Dacia. CIMRM Supplement of the province. In: Acta Ant. Hung. 58, 2018, 325–357.
Gods and cities: Roman religion in urban context in the 2nd-3rd centuries AD. A methodological overview. In: Farkas G. I. – Neményi R. – Szabó M. (eds.), Visy 75. Artificem commendat opus, Pécs, 2019, 511-533.
Nature as sacred landscape in Roman Dacia. In: Chiai, G. F. - Haeussler, R. (ed.), Sacred landscapes in antiquity: creation, manipulation, transformation, Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2020. 77-87.
Roman Dacia in the digital era. Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology 7/2, 2020, 185-190.
Danubian provinces: history of a notion. In: Revista Transilvania 5/2020, 88-96.
Mapping Roman religion. A methodological approach. In: European Journal of Science and Theology 16/5, 2020, 183-195.