Plovdiv a beautiful town
International Association for the Study of the Commons
IASC European Meeting
September 14-17, 2011
Hosted by the Agricultural University Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Theme: Shared Resources in a Rapidly Changing World
Plovdiv the Ancient Town
“This [Plovdiv] is the biggest and loveliest of all cities. Its beauty shines from faraway...”
Lucian, The Runaways
This is how the ancient author Lucian describes the flourishing Roman city Philippopolis (today Plovdiv) in the 2nd century AD.
Plovdiv is located on the banks of Maritsa river, approximately 150 km southeast of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. It is easy to be reached from Sofia and Sofia International Airport and transport will be arranged by the conference organizers.
The city has historically developed on seven hills - Taxim, Nebet, Jambaz, Sahat, Jendem, Bunarjik and Markovo Tepe (the last of which no longer exists). Therefore, it is referred to as The City of the Seven Hills.
Plovdiv throughout its 6000 to 8000 years of existence has had many ancient names: Gr. ιλιππούπολις/Philippoupolis, thrac. Pulpudeva or Eumolpias, lat. Trimontium, slav. Pulden oder Pupulden, turk. Filib. Its unique location on the ancient crossroads has stimulated strong cultural and political influences from Eastern and Western civilizations, and yet maintained its unique cultural identity. Being older than most of the ancient metropolis like Rome, Athens, Carthage and Constantinople, an almost contemporary of Troy, Plovdiv is a town built upon layers of towns with a culture eveloped upon layers of cultures.
The legacy of the ancient cultures today is seen in the city center: The Roman Forum, the Roman Theater, the Roman Stadium, the Odeon, the The Eirene Archaeological Complex and the open-air museum Nebet Tepe are among the most important archaeological sites and tourist attractions in the Balkans.
Nowadays Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria with a population of 381,738. It is the administrative center of Plovdiv Province in southern Bulgaria. The city is an important economic, logistic, cultural and educational center, as well as host to various economic and cultural events. Some of them include the International Fair Plovdiv, the nternational Theatrical Festival "A stage on a crossroad", the TV Festival "The golden chest". With its numerous museums, galleries and attractions Plovdiv has become the cultural capital of Bulgaria.
Perfect links to explore this fascinating town: