Diocese of Thrace


Diocese of Thrace
Dioecesis Thraciae
Διοίκησις Θράκης
Diocese of Thrace
Diocese of the Roman Empire
314 – 640s
Location of Diocese of Thrace
The Diocese of Thrace ca. 400 AD.
Historical era Late Antiquity
 - Established 314
 - much of Thrace overrun by Slavs 640s

The Diocese of Thrace (Latin: Dioecesis Thraciae, Greek: Διοίκησις Θράκης) was a diocese of the later Roman Empire, incorporating the provinces of the eastern Balkan Peninsula (comprising territories in modern south-eastern Romania, central and eastern Bulgaria, and Greek and Turkish Thrace). The diocese was established after the reforms of Diocletian, and was subordinate to the Praetorian prefecture of the East. It lasted until the Balkan peninsula was largely overrun by the Avars and Slavs in the 640s. Soon after, the old provincial system was replaced by the Thematic system.

The diocese included the provinces of Europa, Thracia, Haemimontus, Rhodope, Moesia II and Scythia.

List of known Vicarii Thraciarum

  • Aelius Claudius Dulcitius (?-361)
  • Capitolinus (361-363)
  • Andronicus (ca. 366)
  • Philoxenus (ca. 392)
  • Solomon (?-582)

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