Europa (Roman province)

Province of Europa
Provincia Europae
Province of the Roman Empire
314 – 640s
Europa within the Diocese of Thrace c. 400.
Capital Perinthus
Historical era Late Antiquity
  Reforms of Diocletian 314
  Thematic reforms 640s
Today part of  Turkey

Europa was a Roman province within the Diocese of Thrace.


Established by Roman Emperor Diocletian in 314, the province largely corresponds to what is modern day European Turkey. The province's capital was Perinthus (later known as Heraclea; modern Marmara Ereğlisi).

Bordering only the provinces of Rhodope and Haemimontus to the west and northwest, Europa was a peninsula and was surrounded by water on three sides: the Black Sea to the northeast, the Bosphorus to the east, and the Sea of Marmara and Aegean Sea to the south and southeast.

The largest city along the Black Sea was Salmydessus. Along the coast of the Sea of Marmara were the cities of Perinthus (the capital; later known as Heraclea), Selymbria, Raidestus, and Callipolis. On the coast of the Aegean and at the mouth of the Hebrus river in the Melas Gulf was the city of Aenus (Thrace).

Episcopal sees

Ancient episcopal sees of the Roman province of Europa listed in the Annuario Pontificio as titular sees:[1]


  1. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), "Sedi titolari", pp. 819-1013

Coordinates: 41°15′00″N 27°52′00″E / 41.2500°N 27.8667°E / 41.2500; 27.8667

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