Welcome reception

Monday, 25 June, 2018 18:00 – 20:00

To kick off the 9th Annual PAC World Conference, we are excited to welcome you with a Reception between the ruins of the Amphitheater of Serdica. It was built in the 3rd–4th century AD on top of a 2nd–3rd century theatre in the ancient Roman city of Ulpia Serdica, now Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.

The amphitheater itself was accidentally discovered in 2004, during the early constructions of what is today the Arena di Serdica Hotel. It was the subject of excavations in 2005 and 2006. The ruins of the amphitheater lie on two adjacent sites in the center of modern Sofia.

With an arena only around 10 m (33 ft) smaller than the Colosseum, the Amphitheater of Serdica was among the biggest in the eastern part of the Roman Empire and the largest in what is today Bulgaria. It lay outside the city walls of Serdica and hosted fights between gladiators and wild beasts, which were advertised at the entrance of the city.

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