This summer serendipity sends Malaga Bay to Bulgaria.
Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country in southeastern Europe.
It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east
More specifically, serendipity sends Malaga Bay to Sofia [aka Ulpia Serdica].
Sofia is the capital and largest city of Bulgaria.
1.3 million people live in the city and 1.7 million people live in its metropolitan area.
The emperor Marcus Ulpius Traianus (53 – 117 AD) gave the city the combinative name of Ulpia Serdica…
The Roman history of Sofia involves some familiar faces: Trajan and Diocletian.
Around 29 BC, Serdica was conquered by the Romans.
It gradually became the most important Roman city of the region.
It became a municipium during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98–117).
Serdica expanded, as turrets, protective walls, public baths, administrative and cult buildings, a civic basilica, an amphitheatre, a circus, the City Council (Boulé), a large forum, a big circus (theatre), etc. were built.
Serdica was a significant city on the Roman road Via Militaris, connecting Singidunum and Byzantium.
In the 3rd century, it became the capital of Dacia Aureliana, and when Emperor Diocletian divided the province of Dacia Aureliana into Dacia Ripensis (at the banks of the Danube) and Dacia Mediterranea, Serdica became the capital of the latter.
Serdica’s citizens of Thracian descent were referred to as Illyrians probably because it was at some time the capital of Eastern Illyria (Second Illyria).
Sofia’s Roman history claims to have contributed two [dubiously dated] Emperors.
Roman emperors Aurelian (215–275) and Galerius (260–311) were born in Serdica.
The first contribution is the dubiously dated Aurelian.
Aurelian was Roman Emperor from 270 to 275.
Born in humble circumstances, he rose through the military ranks to become emperor.
During his reign, he defeated the Alamanni after a devastating war.
He also defeated the Goths, Vandals, Juthungi, Sarmatians, and Carpi. Aurelian restored the Empire’s eastern provinces after his conquest of the Palmyrene Empire in 273.
The following year he conquered the Gallic Empire in the west, reuniting the Empire in its entirety.
He was also responsible for the construction of the Aurelian Walls in Rome, and the abandonment of the province of Dacia.
His successes were instrumental in ending the Roman Empire’s Crisis of the Third Century, earning him the title Restitutor Orbis or ‘Restorer of the World’.
The Crisis of the Third Century, also known as Military Anarchy or the Imperial Crisis (AD 235–284), was a period in which the Roman Empire nearly collapsed under the combined pressures of invasion, civil war, plague, and economic depression.
The suspect 200-260 AD period is part of the Crisis of the Third Century when the “Roman Empire nearly collapsed”.
During the Crisis of the Third Century the Roman Empire appears to have been extremely careless with the life expectancy of it’s Emperors.
The life expectancy data suggests the compilers of the mainstream Roman Chronology merged two completely different sets of data during the 3rd and 4th centuries.
The second contribution is the dubiously dated Galerius.
Galerius was Roman Emperor from 305 to 311.
During his reign he campaigned, aided by Diocletian, against the Sassanid Empire, sacking their capital Ctesiphon in 299.
He also campaigned across the Danube against the Carpi, defeating them in 297 and 300.
He served with distinction as a soldier under Emperors Aurelian and Probus, and in 293 at the establishment of the Tetrarchy, was designated Caesar along with Constantius Chlorus, receiving in marriage Diocletian’s daughter Valeria (later known as Galeria Valeria), and at the same time being entrusted with the care of the Illyrian provinces.
The term “tetrarchy” describes any form of government where power is divided among four individuals, but in modern usage usually refers to the system instituted by Roman Emperor Diocletian in 293, marking the end of the Crisis of the Third Century and the recovery of the Roman Empire.
This tetrarchy lasted until c. 313, when mutually destructive conflict eliminated most of the claimants to power, leaving Constantine in control of the western half of the empire, and Licinius in control of the eastern half.
The waffle and hand waving tries to explain away the “regression” and “decline” in both style and execution that’s embodied in the Four Tetrarchs sculpture.
The “decline” in Late Antiquity typically represents a “regression” of about 300 years.
However, if the mainstream corrected their dating of the Four Tetrarchs sculpture by 300 years they would short-circuit the Roman narrative with an “imperial porphyry” sculpture that was created before the Romans started quarrying Mons Porphyrites in 29 AD.
The problems with Roman Chronology and Sofia’s dubiously dated duo are underlined by the recently discovered Amphitheatre of Serdica.
The Amphitheatre of Serdica was an amphitheatre in the Ancient Roman city of Ulpia Serdica, now Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Discovered in 2004 and the subject of excavations in 2005 and 2006, the ruins of the amphitheatre lie on two adjacent sites in the centre of modern Sofia.
As evidenced by coin and ceramic findings… the amphitheatre was constructed… in two stages during the late 3rd and early 4th century AD, under Roman emperors Diocletian (r. 284–305) and Constantine the Great (r. 306–337).
The amphitheatre itself was in use for less than a century, as it was abandoned by the 5th century, perhaps due to the anti-pagan policies of Theodosius I (r. 379–395).
In the 5th and 6th century, barbarian invaders set up their homes within the former arena, and during the Ottoman period (late 14th–19th century) it was used as a source of building materials for new housing.
The Amphitheatre of Serdica confounds traditional and revisionist historians because 5 metres below the Roman Amphitheatre is a 2nd or 3rd century Roman Theatre that was “ravaged and burned” during the Crisis of the Third Century.
The Amphitheatre of Serdica was built on top of an earlier Roman theatre, which was constructed in the 2nd or 3rd century AD.
Its ruins were discovered 5 metres (16 ft) under the amphitheatre ruins.
The theatre, 55 m (180 ft) wide, was perhaps built simultaneously with Serdica’s defensive walls under Commodus (r. 177–192).
It was active during the reigns of Septimius Severus (r. 193–211) and Caracalla (r. 198–217); the former may have visited the theatre with his family in 202 or 209.
In the first half of 268, however, a Gothic raid ravaged and burned the theatre, forcing its permanent abandonment.
Unscrambling this mainstream time line is an interesting challenge.
1) Correctly dating the construction of the Amphitheatre of Serdica is difficult because Diocletian is the considered the “most radical” of the 300 Year Repeaters who probably belongs in the 1st century AD.
Diocletian is seen as the most radical of all the Late Antiquity repeaters of everything 300 years out of fashion.
Rome’s Imperial Stratigraphy Belongs To The 8th-10th Century Period
Q-Mag – Gunnar Heinsohn – 22 June 2014
Those who prefer to date Constantine the Great (or Diocletian) with criteria of art history rather than archaeologically also come to the conclusion that he must have lived in the early 1st and not in the early 4th century.
2) The “bricks and mortar” fabric of the Amphitheatre of Serdica also points towards a 1st century AD construction – like the Flavian Amphitheatre in Rome.
The remains of the Arena itself that were excavated were five radial walls each 0.55 wide and 2.30 long build of bricks and mortar.
They reach semi-round wall with the same construction.
These remains are supposed to belong to earlier time period probably Roman Theater.
It is considered that the Roman Theater was demolished around III century and the new Amphitheater was build.
The semi-round construction is covered with river stones – they functioned as a base for the next construction level of stone plates and bricks.
There was found one more wall – 0.7 wide and 7 meters long that expands north-south.
UlpiaSerdica.com – Amphitheatre
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy.
Built of travertine, tuff, and brick-faced concrete, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built.
The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus.
3) The “5 metres” of separation between the Roman Theatre and the “bricks and mortar” of the Amphitheatre of Serdica appears to echo the Pantheon construction hiatus.
Arguably, the best support for the 100 Year Credibility Gap is the Pantheon in Rome where the classical architecture of a temple providentially borrowed from before the Arabian Horizon becomes the portico to the temple built by Hadrian in 126 AD.
4) Overall, the “5 metres” of separation between the Roman Theatre and the Amphitheatre of Serdica reinforce the view [from Egypt] that these “5 metres” of separation probably represent the Arabian Horizon in about 637 CE.
… in Alexandria the Roman remains [including coins of Trajan and Hadrian] are buried deep beneath the debris layer associated with the Arabian Horizon of 637 CE.
5) And it seems increasingly likely that the Roman Empire narrative has been cobbled together using “convenient characters and available artefacts from Greek Republics scattered across Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea”.
A less charitable interpretation of the data suggests the entire Roman Empire narrative is creative fiction that incorporates convenient characters and available artefacts from Greek Republics scattered across Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea.
If the Romans didn’t arrive in Iberia then the associated Roman Empire narrative for Iberia is creative fiction.
This would imply the era of the Roman Republic in Iberia is only separated from the era of the Umayyad Caliphate by the catastrophic Arabian Horizon.
Removing the Roman Empire from the narrative means three Emperors from the Roman Empire require rehousing in Iberia during the era of the Roman Republic.
Rehousing these Emperors is remarkably easy because they were all born in Italica [Spain].
If the Romans didn’t arrive in Iberia then the associated Roman Republic narrative for Iberia is creative fiction.
This [very ironically] would rehouse the three Emperors [that were borrowed by the Roman Empire narrative] in the Carthaginian Empire.
Hopefully, independent observers will review the evidence and draw their own conclusions.