Rhodope ( Greek: ) was a Ῥοδόπη, Ἐπαρχία Ῥοδόπης late Roman and early Byzantine province, situated on the northern Aegean coast. A part of the Diocese of Thrace, it extended along the Rhodope Mountains range, covering parts of modern Western Thrace (in Greece) and south-western Bulgaria. The province was headed by a governor of the rank of , with praeses Trajanopolis as the provincial capital. According to the 6th-century , there were six further cities in the province, Synecdemus Maroneia, Maximianopolis, Nicopolis, Kereopyrgos (unknown location) and Topeiros (mod. Toxotai in Greece).
The province survived until the
Slavic invasions of the 7th century, although as an ecclesiastic province, it continued in existence at least until the 12th century. The theme of Boleron covered most of the area in later Byzantine times.
Episcopal sees [ edit ]
Episcopal sees of the Roman province of Rhodope listed in the
as Annuario Pontificio titular sees: [1 ]
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