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 Csaba Szabó PhD_DSC8855

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. For three years, between 2018 and September 2021 I was working as assistant lecturer at the Department of History at the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania. At the moment I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Szeged.

Since 2010 I have published 8 books, 58 studies, 32 reviews and approx. 450 popularising articles in Hungarian, English, Romanian and German. 

Detalied CV  HERE. Full publication list HERE.

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