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Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Des. Csaba Szabó_DSC8855


Born: 29.12.1987 Satu Mare, Romania







2018 October – 



2018 January –




Assistant Lecturer

University Lucian Blaga Sibiu, Department of History and Cultural Heritage

External lecturer

University of Pécs,  Department of Archaeology, Pécs, HU

Associate Fellow, Center of Roman Studies, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, RO



2017 Doctorate (Ph.D.) Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt – University of Pécs

Thesis: Sanctuaries in Roman Dacia. Materiality and religious experience. Supervisors: dr. habil. Ádám Szabó, dr. prof. Jörg Rüpke, & dr. prof. Greg Woolf. Oral examination 24th March 2017, Erfurt

2012 Master’s Degree in ancient history

Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy. Department of Ancient History, Cluj–Napoca. Thesis: The cult of Mithras in Apulum. Supervisor: dr. habil. Sorin Nemeti

2010 Bachelor’s Degree in history

Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Thesis: Mithraic sanctuaries in Dacia: the case study of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. Supervisor: dr. habil. Sorin Nemeti


Grants and scholarships



Ph.D. scholarship (joint agreement between PTE and Erfurt University) as part of the Sanctuary Project,  research funded by the award of an Anneliese Maier Prize to Professor Greg Woolf by the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung on the nomination of Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke of the Max Weber Center of the University of Erfurt


DAAD Doctoral Scholarship Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, Erfurt (Germany): Roman religion in urban context in the II – III. centuries A.D. A methodological overview


Campus Hungary Doctoral Scholarship, Accademia di Romania, Roma, Rome (Italy): The sacral topography of Rome in the II – III. centuries A.D. Research stay at the Library of the American Academy and Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI).


Erasmus Placement Research Scholarship, National History Museum of Transylvania, Cluj  Napoca (Romania): Bibliography of Roman religion in Dacia


Balassi Bálint Ph.D. scholarship, University of Pécs, Department of Archaeology, Pécs (Hungary) financed by the Ministry of Human Resources, Hungary
17/11/2009-1/05/2012 Four time awarded for the Márton Áron Scholarship for undergraduate students, Eötvös Lóránd University Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology, Budapest and University of Pécs (Hungary)


Pósta Béla Scholarship, Pósta Béla Archaeological Association, Cluj-Napoca (Romania) The cult of Isis in Roman Dacia.



  • Mother tongue(s): Hungarian
Language Writing Speaking Reading
English C1 C1 C1
Romanian C1 C1 C1
German A2 B1 B2
Italian A1 A1 B1


Projects, working experience



Research Assistant (Ph.D. researcher) of the Sanctuary Project, Max Weber Kolleg. Director: prof. Greg Woolf, prof. Jörg Rüpke
2013-2014 Research Assistant at the Mithraeum Project, Apulum (Alba Iulia, Romania). Project directors: Matthew McCarty, Mariana Egri.


Volunteer in the Porolissum C3 Building project. Archaeologial excavation, Moigrad, Romania. Project directors: Veit Stürmer, Manuel Fiedler, Konstanze Höpken.



Workshops, conferences organized

  • Co-organizer of the conference panel “Mysteries of Mithras in the Danubian provinces” as part of the international conference “Mystery cults in the Ancient World” organized by A. Mastrocinque and P. Johnston, Tarquinia, 16-19th June, 2016. (with Ádám Szabó and Nagy Levente)
  • Co-organizer of the “Adalbert Cserni: the pioneers of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia and beyond” international conference, Alba Iulia, 15-17 April, 2016 (with. G.Rustoiu, V.R. Bolindet, G. Bounegru, M.Gligor, D.H.Biro)
  • Co-organizer of the international conference panel “Roman Dacia: general and specific patterns in a province beyond the Danube (with C. Găzdac). Roman Archaeological Conference, Rome, 16-19th March, 2016.
  • Co-organizer of the “Si deus si dea”: new perspectives in the study of Roman religion from Dacia” conference, October, 2014. Cluj (with Imola Boda and Sorin Nemeti)


  • Roman sanctuaries as thirdspaces? The case study of Roman Dacia. In: Building, bending and breaking boundaries in the Eastern Meditterranean World, Central European University, Budapest, 1-3rd June, 2017.
  • Kiásott vallás. Új perspektivák a vallásrégészeti kutatásokban (new perspectives in the archaeology of religions). Magyar Történeti Intézet, Cluj-Napoca, 23rd May 2017.
  • Healing sanctuaries as religious thirdspaces in the Danubian provinces. At International workshop “Comparativism and the study of ancient pilgrimage in the ancient Mediterranean” Aarhus, 17-19th May 2017.
  • New perspectives in the study of archaeology of Roman religion in Romania. Archaeologica Transylvania. In honorem Bajusz István, Marosvásárhely, 13th December 2016.
  • Lived Religion in Metropoleis: a comparative view, Erfurt, 21-23rd June, 2016: Miniature metropoleis: The impact of Rome’s sacred landscape on the urban religion in the provinces of Illyricum.
  • Mithras and other mystic cults in the ancient world, Tarqunia, 16-19th June, 2016: CIMRM Supplement of Dacia: new perspectives in the research.
  • Adalbert Cserni: the pioneers of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia and beyond” international conference, Alba Iulia, 15-17 April, 2016: Béla Cserni: sources, contexts and perspectives of a biography.
  • Roman Archaeological Conference, Rome, 16-19th March, 2016: Lived Ancient Religion and the case study of Dacia.
  • Mensa Rotunda Epigraphiae Dacicae-Pannonicaeque, Cluj, 16-17 October, 2015: with Imola Boda, Calin Timoc, & Victor Bunoiu: Mithras and the dolphin: reflections on some particularities of the mysteries of Mithras in the mirror of a recently discovered inscription(in absentia).
  • Experiences of Sanctuaries/Experiences of Empire, Manchester, Sept. 8-10 2015: Stubborn marginals: space, power and social network in Dolichenian sanctuaries of Roman Dacia.
  • XIII Fiatal Római Koros Kutatók Konferenciája, Marosvásárhely, 2015. Május 8 -10 (in absentia): The roots of Mithras in Roman Dacia: new data on the spread of the cult.
  • International conference of doctoral students in Archaeology, Zagreb, 16, April, 2015: With Réka Neményi, The missing community. The revision of the so called early Christian artifacts from Apulum and its territory.
  • Beyond duty”. Interacting with religious professionals and appropriating tradition in the Imperial Era. V. Lived Ancient Religion (LAR) Conference, Erfurt, 14-16 January, 2015. Accumulating titles and duties. The social network of the priests from Apulum. (Poster).
  • EAGLE 2014 I. International Conference, Paris, 29 September, 2014:Géza Alföldy on the Facebook. (online Poster).
  • F.E.R.C.A.N. Workshop, Lampeter, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 17-19 October, 2014 (in absentia): Badones Reginae. Individual religious acts of Celtic women in Apulum. (Poster).
  • Ókortudományi Konferencia, Budapest, 22-24. May, 2014: Roman religious studies in Romania – historiography and perspectives.
  • Sacred landscapes: transformation and manipulation. Lampeter, Wales: “Sacred landscapes in Roman Dacia: a short overview.”
  • Provincialia Romana. Pécs, Hungary. 28-30 January, 2014: “The role of the Publicum Portorium Illyrici in the cult of Mithras in Dacia.”
  • 2nd International Conference on Roman Danubian Provinces. Ferrara, 20-22 November: The Cult of Mithras in Apulum: individuals and communities.
  • 13th CSIR Conference on Roman Provincial Art. Bucharest – Alba Iulia – Constanta, 18 May – 3 June, 2013. “Noncanonical representation and the Cult of Mithras in Roman Dacia.”
  • 2nd International Interdisciplinary Doctoral Conference. Pécs, 16 -18 May: “The historiography of Roman religious studies in Apulum.”
  • International Interdisciplinary “Grastyán” Conference, Pécs, 17-19 April, Pécs: ” Some economic aspects of the religious life in Apulum.”
  • 23rd Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC), London, King’s College, 2013. 4-6 April: “Religious life in Apulum: communities and individuals” (poster).
  • 8th Conference of Young Researchers of the Roman Age (FIROKONF), Szombathely, 15-17 November 2012. Poster: Adepts of Mithras in Apulum.
  • 9th Conference of Hungarian Archaeologists from Transylvania, Targu Mures, 9-11 November 2012: “Notes on a mithraic relief from Dragu.”
  • “Between art and craftsmanship” – Conference about sculptural monuments of Apulum. Alba Iulia, 18-20October 2012: “Mithraic sculptural monuments from Apulum.”
  • National Conference of Archaeology Students, Pécs, 13 April. 2012 – The Cult of Mithras in Apulum.
  • Session of National Students Conference (Sesiunea Naţională A Cercurilor Ştiinţifice Studenţeşti – Istorie, Arheologie, muzeologie), Alba Iulia 2011 – Unusual reprezentations of Mithras in Roman Dacia
  • Transylvanian Scientific Conference for Students 2011 – The problem of the reconstruction and preservation of mithraea
  • Posta Béla International Archaeology Conference, 2010, Targu – Mures – New perspectives in the research of Mithraism in Dacia
  • Transylvanian Scientific Conference for Students 2009 – I. place: Statuary Monuments of the Cult of Isis in Roman Dacia
  • Transylvanian Scientific Conference for Students 2008 – Astrology in Matthias Corvin’s court



  • Member of the External Public Body of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 2017
  • D. representative in the Senate of the Max Weber Kolleg, Erfurt, 2015-2016
  • Member of the Histories of Archaeology Research Network (HARN) since 2015
  • Member of the editorial board of the Postgraduate Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology, 2013
  • Member of the Association of Romanian Archaeologists since 2013 (arheolog debutant)
  • Junior member of the Transylvanian Museum Society, Cluj since 2007
  • Member of the Pósta Béla Archaeological Association since 2007




  1. Csaba Szabó – Imola Boda, Bibliography of Roman Religion in Dacia (BRRD). Cluj -Napoca, 2014.
  2. Csaba Szabó, Béla Cserni and the beginnings of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia. Cluj –Napoca, 2016.
  3. Csaba T. Szabó, Erdélyi Régészet. Irások régészetről és kulturális örökségvédelemről (Transylvanian archaeology. Writings on archaeology and cultural heritage), Kolozsvár, 2017



  1. Csaba Szabó, Sanctuaries in Roman Dacia: materiality and religious experience. Forthcoming (prepared to be published in 2018)


  1. Nemeti, Sorin, Csaba Szabó & Imola Boda (eds.), 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
  2. Csaba Szabó, Viorica Rusu-Bolindet, Gabriel Rustoiu, Mihai Gligor (eds.), Adalbert Cserni and his contemporaries. The pioneers of archaeology in Alba Iulia and beyond, Cluj-Napoca, 2017


  1. Sanctuaries of Roman Dacia. A catalogue of sacralised places in shared and secondary spaces. In: Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz, Bd. 62, 2015 (paper submitted. Forthcoming)


  1. Mithras – un zeu antic si modern – In: Trifescu, Valentin (ed.), Confulente si particularitati euro Cluj, 2010, 137–146. [Mithras: an ancient and modern divinity]
  2. Dacia and the Cult of Mithras. In: Mithras Reader: Journal of Greek, Roman and Persian Studies, Vol II, London, 2010, 84-99.
  3. Boda Imola – Szabó Csaba, Notes on a Dolichenian Relief from Mehadi In: Marisia 31, 2011, 273–283
  4. Searching for the lightbearer: notes on a Mithraic relief from Dragu. In: Marisia XXXII, 2012, 135–145.
  5. Micro-regional Manifestation of a Private Cul The Mithraic Community in Apulum. In: Moga, Iulian (ed.), Angels, demons and representations of Afterlife within the Jewish, Pagan and  Christian  Imagery.  Antiqua  et Mediaevalia. Iasi, 2012, 43 – 73.
  6.  The Mithraic statue of Secundinus from Apulu In: ReDiva I., 2013, 45 – 65.
  7. A vallási élet néhány gazdasági aspektusai Apulumb In: V. Nemzetközi és
  8. Országos Interdiszciplináris Grastyán Konferencia Kötete, Pécs, 2013, 373–383. [Some economic aspects of the religious life in Apulum]
  9. The map of Roman Dacia in the recent studi In: JAHA I, 2014, 44–51.
  10. Urbs et cultus deoru Római vallás a Kr.u. II – III. századi városokban. In: Vallástudományi Szemle 2014/1 – 2, 42-58.
  11. Discovering the Gods in Apulum: historiography and new perspecti In: ReDiva II, 2014, 53–82.
  12. Notes on a new salariarius from Apulu In: Apulum 51, 2014, 533-544.
  13. Roman religious studies in Romani Historiography and new perspectives. In: Ephemeris Napocensis, 24, 2014, 195-208.
  14. Notes on the Mithraic small finds from Sarmizegetus In: Ziridava, 28, 2014, 135-148.
  15. Mithras rediscover Notes on the CIMRM 1938 (with George Bounegru, Victor Sava). In: Ziridava 28, 2014, 149-156.
  16. Mithras rediscovered I Further notes on CIMRM 1938 and 1986. In: JAHA 2, 2015, 67-73.
  17. Notes on a new Cautes statue from Apulu In: Archaeologische Korrespondenzblatt 2/2015, 237-247.
  18. The cult of Mithras in Apulum: communities and individuals. In: Zerbini, Livio (), Culti e religiositá nelle province danubiane”, 2015, 407-422.
  19. With Ota, Radu, Cultul lui Magna Mater in Dacia romană. In Apulum 52, 2015, 227-
  20. Romans in the garde Notes on some recently attested stone monuments from Alba Iulia. In: Apulum 52, 2015, 217-225.
  21. Placing the gods. Sanctuaries and sacralized spaces in the settlements of Apulum, Revista Doctoranzilor în istorie veche şi arhelogie, 3, 2015, 123-
  22. Karl Gooss and the temple of Jupiter in Apulum, Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology 4, 2015, 136-144.
  23. Digging up Lived Religi Notes on a recent companion of archaeology of religion, Archaeus 19-20, 2015-2016, 471-482.
  24. Histories of urban archaeology in Alba Iulia (1916-2016).  In:  Transylvania Nostra, 2, 2016, 30-40.
  25. Mapping Apulum. Reconstructing a Roman city. In: Dobos Alpár – Molnár Zsolt & Pánczél Szilamér (eds.), ‘Archaeologia Transylvanica. Studia in honorem Stephani Bajusz. Cluj – Napoca, 2015, 115-124.
  26. Artemis from Ephesus in Apulum: notes on a recently discovered bronze statu (with Radu Ota, & Marius Ciuta). In: Acta Archaeologica Hungarica, 67, vol. 2., 2016, 231-243.
  27. Beyond iconograph 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.
  28. Bodor András (1915-1999). In: Rüsz-Fogarasi Enikő (ed.), A Babes-Bolyai Tudományegyetem Évönyve 2016, 219-
  29. Notes on a new Mithraic inscription from Dacia. (with I. Boda & Timoc). In: Mensa Rotunda Epigraphica, Cluj Napoca, 2016, 91-104.
  30. Párbeszéd Róma istenei A római vallások kutatásának jelenlegi állása és perspektívái. In: Orpheus Noster, 2017, 2. 151-163.
  31. Histories of archaeology in Transylvani A short overview. In Csaba Szabó, Viorica Rusu-Bolindet, Gabriel Rustoiu, Mihai Gligor (eds.), Adalbert Cserni and his contemporaries. The pioneers of archaeology in Alba  Iulia  and beyond, Cluj-Napoca, 2017, 373-400.
  32. Reconstructing Béla Cserni’s biograph In: Csaba Szabó, Viorica Rusu- Bolindet, Gabriel Rustoiu, Mihai Gligor (eds.), Adalbert Cserni and his contemporaries. The pioneers of archaeology in Alba Iulia and beyond, Cluj- Napoca, 2017, 23-34.
  33. Béla Pósta. In: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, ed. by Claire Smith, New York: Springer (Online version)
  34. Béla Cserni. In: Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, by Claire Smith, New York: Springer (Online version), 2018.


  1. CIMRM Supplementum of Daci In: Mastrocinque, A. – Johnston, P. – Takács
  2. (eds.), Mysteries of Mithras and other mystic cults in Ancient World. Special issue in Acta Antiqua, 58, nr. 1-2, 2018 (paper submitted. Apparition in 2018)
  3. Cserni Béla és az erdélyi városi régészet kezdetei. In: Dolgozatok, 2017 (in press)
  4. Bibliographia Isiaca Daciae-Pannoniae (with Dan Deac). In: Bricault, – Veymers, R. (eds.), Bibliotheca Isiaca IV, Paris, 2017 (in press)
  5. Pannonian religion or religions of Roman Pannonia? Review-article. In: Journal of Roman Archaeology 31, 2018 (submitted)
  6. Archaeology in Transylvania. In: Encyclopedia of  Global  Archaeology,  ed.  by Claire Smith, New York: Springer (paper submitted. Online version in 2018)




  1. Szabó Ádám: Daciai papság. Recenzió. In: Ephemeris Napocensis 2011, 196– 199.
  2. Moga, Iulian, Cultele solare si lunare in Asia Mic In: Ephemeris Napocensis XXII./2012, 327–331.
  3. Pantheon journal. 7/1. In: Ephemeris Napocensis XXIII. 2013, 369-371.
  4. Nemeti, Sorin Dialoguri păgâne. In: Vallástudományi Szemle, 2013/3, 231–234.
  5. Varga, Rada, The Peregrini of Roman Dac In: Acta Archaeologica S.H. 65, 2014, 461-462.
  6. Kremer, Gabrielle, CSIR Carnuntum. In: JAHA vol nr. 2, 2014.
  7. Sicoe, Gabriel, Mithräischen Steindenkmäler aus Dakie In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014. 10. 56.
  8. Bozsó Anikó – Szabó Ádám, Ajándék a szépn A Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum Római
  9. Gyűjteményének „ólomtükrei”. Budapest, 2 In: JAHA vol. I. nr. 4. 2014, 91-92.
  10. Wittenberg, Tim: Kult bei der Arena. Nemesis Heiligtümer im Kontext römischer Amphitheater, BAR International Series 2615, In: Acta Archaeologica S.H. 66.1, 2015, 261-264.
  11. Julietta Steinhauer, Religious Associations in the  Post  Classical  Polis, Potsdamer Altertumwissenschaftliche Beiträge 50, Franz Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, In: Revista Doctoranzilor de Arheologie si Istoria Antica (ReDiva) 3, 2015, 168-172.
  12. Petar Selem, Inga Vilogorac Brčić, ROMIC Religionum Orientalum monumenta et inscriptiones ex Croatia I, Znakovi I Riječi Signa et Litterae vol.
  13. (Zagreb, 2015). In: Ephemeris Napocensis, 25, 2015, 251-253.
  14. Zerbini, (ed.), e Religiosità nelle Province Danubiane, Bologna 2015. In: Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 67, 2016, 480-483.
  15. Falko Daim/Kurt Gschwantler/Georg Plattner/Peter Stadler  (Hrsg/eds), Der Goldschatz von Sânnicolau Mare (Ungarisch: Nagyszentmiklós) / The treasure of  Sânnicolau Mare (Hungarian: Nagyszentmiklós), Verlag des Römisch- Germanischen Zentralmuseums, RGZM Tagungen Band 25, Mainz In: Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology (JAHA), vol. 3. nr. 4, 2016, 75-76.
  16. Alfred Schäfer,  Götter,  Gaben,  Heiligtü  Römische  Religion  in  Köln. Philipp von Zabern, 2016. In: Revista Doctoranzilor de Arheologie si Istoria Antica (ReDiva) 4, 2016, 140-143.
  17. Mihai Barbulescu, Arheologia azi, in Romania, Cluj-Napoca, 2016. In: Revista Doctoranzilor de Arheologie si Istoria Antica (ReDiva) 4, 2016, 143-
  18. Adriana Antal, Venus cult in Roman Dacia, Mega, Cluj-Napoca, 2016. In: Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 68, 2017, 374-376.
  19. Attilio Mastrocinque, The Mysteries of Mithras. A different account, Tübingen, Mohr Siebeck, 2017. In: Acta Archaeologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 69, 2018, 229-233.
  20. Ádám Szabó, Domna et Domnus. Contributions to the cult-history of the ” Danubian riders” religion, Wien, 2017, 156.p. In: Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology (JAHA) vol .5 .nr. 2, 2018, 72-75.
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