Connected Contests is a website hosted by the University of Groningen, with the ultimate aim of serving as a collaborative tool for specialist studies on ancient athletics and festivals, including spatial and network analyses. The website will allow users to retrieve prosopographical and geographical information about athletes and festivals via a user-friendly interface. The website connects with other sites and contains prosopographical links to Trismegistos (www.trismegistos.org - University of Leuven, Mark de Pauw), with spatial links to Pleiades (pleiades.stoa.org/home - Stoa Consortium, Tom Elliot), epigraphic links to the PHI Greek Inscriptions (epigraphy.packhum.org - Packhard Humanities Institute) and will be linked with the Hellenistic athletes database (http://mafas.geschichte.uni-mannheim.de/athletes/index.php?page=search - University of Mannheim, Christian Mann, Sebastian Scharff).
Connected Contests is part of an ongoing project divided into phases:
- Phase 1 (2017) - design online database of ancient athletes and performers
- Phase 2 (2018) - expansion with additional festival data, furtherrefinment UI
- Phase 3 (2019-2023) - expansion with additional festival data ; integration of spatial searches and interface allowing for user input
We are currently in Phase 3. The immediate aim is to compile an on-line prosopographical database of ancient athletes and performers in the Roman world based on reference collections and epigraphic corpora. The initial focus was on the design of the database and ont systematic collection, updating and digitisation of existing collections of evidence for particular types of victors, such as Olympic victors, Isthmian victors and Pythian victors.
Follow our progress on our blog.
The Connected Contests database is hosted by the webhosting service of the Center for Information Technology, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. We use a MariaDB RDBMS, which is automatically backed up daily.
The Data Model
The Database Model of the Connected Contests database is presented schematically in this figure. The central table in the database, called Event, represents a single accomplishment of a single Person at a single Contest, in a single Discipline. Thus, the Events are the elementary constituents of our data model. Every other table, such as Person, Place, Contest, Discipline, links to Event.
This website was produced with funding from a grant in the digital humanities, awarded by the University of Groningen in 2017, the Research Assistant Project of the Faculty of Arts (2018) The British Academy (2018-2019) and a major grant from NWO (2019-2023). This database builds on prototype versions of Ancient Athletes Online developed by Sam van Dijk, Esther van den Berg, and Caroline van Toor.
Current team members include:
- Project directors: Onno van Nijf, Christina Williamson
- ICT development: Cristian Marocico (database), Jonas Bulthuis (coordinator), Kiki Smallenbroek (website)
- Data assistance and support: Caroline van Toor,
- Data entry: Robin van Vliet MA, Tom Britton MA Adam Wiznura AM, and Dies van der Linde MA (RHUL), and Piem Schievink (BA)
- External advice and data entry: Dr A. Farrington (Democritus University of Thrace) and Dr M Skotheim (ASCS -Athens)
We thank our former team members Pieter Kampinga (until 1-11-17), Jeffrey Schulman (until 1-9-18) and Yoram Poot (until 1-1-2019).
For more information, contact: email@example.com or: o.m.van.nijf
Over 500 individuals have been added to the database, as all the Pythionikai collected by Jean-Yves Strasser in his 2001 volumes 'Πυθιον?και. Recherches sur les vainqueurs aux Pythia de Delphes' are now online, as well as all members of ecumenical synods collected by Bram Fauconnier for his 2018 dissertation 'Ecumenical Synods. The Associations of Athletes and Artists in the Roman Empire'. We want to thank both scholars for allowing us to add their data to the Connected Contests Database!
On 1 February we have launched or new NWO-funded research project Connecting the Greeks - multiscalar festival networks in the Hellenistic world. Read the full blog for a nice group photo.
Presentation of our Project in Warwick
On 29 January 2019 Onno van Nijf will present the Connecting the Greeks project at the University of Warwick. He is invited by Prof. Zahra Newby who directs a project on the Materiality of Graeco-Roman festivals. We are looking forward to further collaboration with our colleagues at Warwick.
4 year NWO funding for Connecting the Greeks
We have just received funding for our project Connecting the Greeks: multi-scalar festivals in the Hellenistic world ...
Fellowships for Onno van Nijf
Onno van Nijf is the recipient of a Visiting Fellowship of the British Academy that he will hold at Royal Holloway University of London from September 2018 to February 2019, together with a visiting fellowship at the Institute of Classical Studies. During the Fellowship Onno will work on a study of agonistic festivals, and continue work on the database.
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