Koongress Athen 2022

Uni Athen
Ministry Culture Sports
Ephorate Antiquuities Cyclades


Report (Charikleia Diamanti & Tatiana Cvjetićanin)

      With great success, the Department of History and Archaeology of School of Philosophy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades of the Ministry of Culture, Hellenic Republic, with the collaboration of the Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens and under the auspices of the Association of Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, organized the 32nd Congress of RCRF. The conference took place in Greece for the first time.
The main theme of the congress was

Linking Pots: Manufacturing and selling Roman pottery in the Eastern Mediterranean.

       After skipping the traditional two-year schedule in 2020 for the first time in the long history of our association because of pandemic, postponing the almost completely prepared 32nd congress in Athens, Greece, our meeting finally took place from 25th to 30th September 2022. Organising the congress twice was challenging for our hosts, but the enthusiasm and energy of our dear colleagues, Prof. Platon Petridis and Dr Charikleia Diamanti, with enormous help of Chrysanti Sakellakou, MA as a member of the Organizing Committee, and of many volunteers, made over 160 participants very welcomed. We enjoyed every moment of the impeccably prepared congress.

       The Congress program was full and engaged us in the variety of topics: 55 oral and 56 poster presentations covering a time-span from the late Hellenistic period to the 8th century CE, discussing various types of vessels and lamps. Some were introducing new chronology, others new workshops or indications for production sites, recognizing local production and local, micro-regional and regional networks. Many contributions were related with the topic of the conference – trading pots – trying to understand not just where the pots came from (origin or production workshops) but different consumption patterns, trade routes and networks, Mediterranean and Atlantic, transformation of landscapes, transition times. The central building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens represented the great venue for the first day, and for all other days the Byzantine and Christian Museum provided us with excellent places for lectures and display of posters, with beautiful outdoor spaces for breaks. The congress was followed by two excursions to the important archaeological sites of Ancient Corinth, Sikyon and Delphi, where hands-on pottery displays were organized by the excavators.

       In addition, Dr Demetris Athanasoulis, Director of the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Cyclades launched a special exhibition/scientific presentation of pottery of Late Antiquity, from the excavations of the Ephorate on the islands of Andros, Paros, Milos, Thira, Mykonos, Naxos and the Lesser Cyclades, under the title “Cyclades during Late Antiquity - The pottery evidence.” This exhibition brought into focus an overlooked aspect of the Cycladic past: the dynamic and crucial presence of the Cyclades in the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages (4th-8th centuries).

Athen 1   Athen 2
Conference poster   Prof. Platon Petridis – Opening congress welcome
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Prof. Tatjana Cvjetićanin – Opening congress welcome   Dr Demetris Athanasoulis – Opening scientific exhibition Cyclades During Late Antiquity – The Pottery Evidence
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Conference attendance   Poster session
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Scientific exhibition – Cyclades During Late Antiquity - The Pottery Evidence    
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Corinth – Sikyon excursion   Delphi excursion


First circular

         The Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores is an international learned society specialising in the field of Roman pottery. Its main aim is to establish contact between scholars of different countries and the field of interest is interpreted in its widest sense. The Society was founded in 1957 by the late Professor Howard Comfort of Haverford College, Pennsylvania, and now has over two hundred and fifty individual members in some twenty-five different countries. Congresses are held every two years, in different countries and at the invitation of members who offer to host them.

         The 32nd Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, will be held in Athens, Greece, from September 25th to 30th 2022. Depending on the number of proposals, the Congress sessions could be extended one more day.

         The Congress will be organized by the Department of Archaeology and the History of Art of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades (Ministry of Culture and Sports), in collaboration with various Greek and foreign institutions.

         In this Congress, we would like to focus on the production and distribution of Roman and Late Roman pottery in the Eastern Mediterranean and the cultural links created by this exchange.

         Arrivals are expected on Sunday (September 25th) with a welcoming session in the late afternoon. The congress sessions will take place in the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. A one-day tour to the Roman/Late Roman antiquities of Athens is planned. Hands on pottery displays and exhibitions of Roman/Late Roman pottery from Athens and the Cyclades will also be arranged in the Museum of Archaeology and Art History of the NKUA. In the post-Congress tour (optional) we will visit Corinth and Delphi(1st – 2nd October); in the latter, we will visit monuments of the Roman and Late Roman period not accessible to the public.

         The length of lectures is restricted to 15 minutes. As the number of lectures is limited, we ask you to prepare a poster instead of lecture whenever possible. There will be sufficient space and time for posters in A1 format (841 Χ 594 mm - portrait format). Posters must be printed by participants. Each participant should give no more than one lecture or poster. We ask you to offer papers in conformity with the theme of the congress, although papers on other topics will also be accepted. Participants are kindly encouraged to use PowerPoint presentations. The Congress languages will be English, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Greek. The participants are kindly recommended to prepare the texts of their PowerPoint presentations in English independently of the language of the oral presentation.

         Participation is open to every scholar, not only to members of the RCRF (max. 180 participants, with priority given to Fautores, in order of application). Scholars willing to participate are kindly requested to complete the Registration Form on the following congress website before March 15, 2022:

         Financial support in the form of a small number of grants will be available from the RCRF Trust in order to help those who would otherwise be prevented by financial hardship from attending the congress. Grants could cover congress fee, accommodation or travel costs.

         The Congress fee is expected to be 240 Euros and includes: access to opening ceremony and welcome reception, transport and access to museums and archaeological sites that will be visited during the Congress, access to closing ceremony, access to all scientific sessions and poster displays, access to exhibition and pottery displays, congress kit, coffee breaks, lunch once a day, excursions. The fee does not include: Travel expenses, accommodation, post-congress tour, receipt of the published Acta.

          A second circular with further details about the Abstracts, the fee payment and accommodation will be forwarded in April 2022 only to those who are registered.

         Please copy this circular and pass it on to any interested colleagues and students or display it.

Key Dates:
Start Date: 25th September 2022
End Date: 30th September 2022 (depending on the number of the oral communications proposals)
Post Congress Tours Date: 1st - 2nd October 2022
Provisional registration Deadline: 15th March 2022
Second circular: April 2022
Abstract Submission Deadline: 15th June 2022
Manuscript Submission Deadline (for publication): 31st December 2022


Second circular

Dear Fautores, Friends and Colleagues,

we wish to thank you for your collaboration and interest in the 32nd Congress of the Rei Cretariae Romanae Fautores, which will take place in Athens between September 25th and September 30th 2022 (with two optional post congress excursions on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday October 2nd). We have received more than 160 preliminary registrations. Registration is closed -so we will no longer accept further applications. The final list of lectures, as well as the provisional Congress programme, will be posted as soon as possible on the official site:

1. Final registration submission

The personalized online registration link will be sent to delegates who have submitted the interest form by May 9th, 2022. Should you have not received the relevant email please contact us at RegRcrf2022@afea.gr

2. Congress venue

The Congress will be hosted in the main building of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens by its Faculty of History and Archaeology and the Ministry of Culture, Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades.

3. Programme

a. Lectures

The lecture proposals are currently undergoing selection by the Organizing Committee. Lectures must never be longer than 15 minutes, allowing 5 minutes for questions and discussions. It is helpful to make a practice run beforehand and to cut if necessary. Participants are encouraged to use PowerPoint presentations in support of their lectures. Please make sure that all the drawings and illustrations used in your presentation are visible
(profile drawings should be filled and ceramic illustrations enlarged) and relevant for the discussed topic. Do not overload your slides – many images into a single slide will not be legible in the lecture room. If possible, all the text and captions on your PowerPoint presentation should be in English, especially if you are planning to speak in another language. The Congress languages will be English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

b. Posters

The posters accepted for presentation will be on display during the Congress in the main corridor in the central building of the University, with a poster session taking place on September 28th.
All posters must be designed in a portrait layout (vertical position), A0 size (84.1 cm × 118.8 cm). Useful information regarding the printing of posters in Athens prior to the Congress will soon be posted on the website, should you consider this possibility.

c. Provisional programme

The provisional programme, with all the accepted presentations, will be posted on the Congress website as soon as possible. Please carefully check your name and lecture or poster title. Should you notice any errors, immediately contact the organizers at the Congress e-mail address: RegRcrf2022@afea.gr

4. Abstracts

The deadline for lecture and poster abstracts is June 30th 2022.

The personalized online abstract link will be sent to delegates who have submitted the interest form by May 9th, 2022. Should you have not received the relevant email please contact us at RegRcrf2022@afea.gr

The abstracts must not exceed 300 words and should also include the following information: title, authors’ details, e-mail. A summary of all the lectures and posters will be included in the abstract booklet given to all participants on arrival.

5. Publication in the Acta

Papers submitted for publication in the RCRF Acta, whether derived from posters or lectures, will undergo peer review, as always. The deadline for submission is December 30th, 2022. The guidelines are available on the RCRF website (http://www.fautores.org/pdf/RCRF-Acta_guidelines_2016.pdf). Please note that a copy of the Acta is not included in the Congress fee and members of the RCRF receive it as a benefit of their membership.

6. Accommodation

Participants should bear in mind that the Congress fee does not include the cost of accommodation. There are many accommodation options in Athens that you can easily find and book on-line through the well-known booking sites. If you plan on joining us on the post-congress tours, you should book your accommodation in Athens for Saturday and Sunday as well. We will return to Athens from the trip to Corinth on the evening of the same day. The excursion to Delphi will be over on Sunday, in the late afternoon or evening, when we will also return to Athens.

7. Roman Athens

At the afternoon of the 29th of September will take place a tour to the Roman Athens.

8. Post-Congress tour

The post-Congress tour will include two optional excursions taking place on October 1st and October 2nd.

The first will take us to Corinth, where we will enjoy guided tours of the archaeological remains and of the local museum. A pottery display will also be organized. This excursion requires an additional fee of 25€, which will include the travel cost, the coffee break and the lunch.

On the second excursion we will go to Delphi, where we will visit the archeological site and the local museum A pottery display will also be organized. The additional fee of this excursion is 35€, covering the travel cost, the coffee break and the lunch. We will return to Athens in the late afternoon.

9. Congress fee

The Congress fee is 240 €. This includes the Congress programme and abstract booklet, coffee breaks and lunches during the Congress, the festive dinner, as well as the tour to the Roman Athens.
The Congress fee does not include the costs of accommodation, the travel expenses or the post-Congress excursions.
Those who accompany the participants must pay the same fees as the participants.

10. Payment

Payments must be made by bank transfer to the Alpha Bank:

AMOUNT: Congress fee 240€

Post-congress tour in Corinth 25€

Post-congress tour in Delphi 35€




IBAN: GR15 0140 1240 1240 0232 0001 374

Beneficiary name: AFEA Travel and Tourism


Dead-line for bank transfer: June 30th, 2022

We ask all the participants to send us via e-mail a copy of the bank transfer, as we will cancel any registration for which we did not receive the copy by the due date. In case you realise earlier that you will not be able to make it to the Congress please let us know.

Please note that if you wish to cancel your registration after the fee has been paid, your fee may be refunded at the discretion of the Organizing Committee until the end of July except for the transfer fees for bank transfers. Payments will be made according to the daily updated currency exchange rates. Please note that any bank charges for the transfer must be borne by the participants.

11. Visa

If you need an official confirmation of registration for a visa application, please contact us.


If you should have any questions regarding the registration guidelines, do not hesitate to contact us at the following address: RegRcrf2022@afea.gr

Also, check the Congress site https://www.rcrf32athens2022.gr for updates and further information. We look forward to seeing you in Athens, Sincerely, The Organizing Committee

We look forward to seeing you in Athens,


The Organizing Committee


Final Program

As PDF for download


Final Lists of Lectures and Posters

Lectures: for download click here: as PDF

Posters: for download click here: as MS Word, as PDF

List of the Poster display order: as PDF