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Moretti's Imperial Olympionikai and Brunet's Ephesian athletes online

For the past two months, we have been entering data from two prosopographies, viz. the athletes from the Imperial period listed in Moretti's 'Olympionikai' (1957) and Brunet's collection of Ephesian athletes, from his 1998 dissertation, 'Greek Athletes in the Roman World: The Evidence from Ephesos'. Save some problematic cases, we are happy to announce that we will finish working on these lists this week. Users can now search through the data of over 500 athletes and musicians who won more than 3000 victories. And for those of you who wondered: no, these over 3000 victories are not largely made up of Emperor Nero's 1808 victories (as claimed by Cassius Dio). Only the victories by Nero that are linked to actual festivals in ancient sources have been added to the database as separate victories. The almost eighty recorded victories by Valerius Eklektos have of course been added separately.

Data on synod members to be added thanks to Bram Fauconnier

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Bram Fauconnier has allowed us to include in our database the list of members of athletic and artistic synods of the Roman imperial period that he collected for his recent Amsterdam PhD. We shall add the data ASAP.

Farrington's Isthmionikai online

As of January 2018, all ca. 300 Isthmia-victors collected by Andrew Farrington (2012) are added to the online database. Apart from adding their victories at the Isthmia, we also added other known victories by these athletes and musicians.
We are currently in the process of checking the consistency of these entries and updating them.

8 December 2017

8 December - Onno van Nijf and Christina Williamson participated in an inspiring workshop on digital tools for in Ancient Historians organsied by the Roman Research Centre at Ghent University. We presented the Connected Contests project, which was well-received. We got useful advice from colleagues working on other database projects, including colleagues from the Trismegistos project in Leuven, with whom we discussed possibilities for futher collaboration. Other projects discussed included Koen  Vebovens' sdatabase of Roman Guilds, and Lieve Van Hooffs new project on a netwoork analysis of Libanius letters. See: http://www.rsrc.ugent.be/digital_tools

6 December 2017

We are in the process of making more changes to the page. You may consult the database lists - or do an advanced search.

Recent Posts

  • New content

    Over 500 individuals have been added to the database, as all the Pythionikai collected by Jean-Yves Strasser in his 2001 volumes 'Pythionikai. 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!

  • Project Launch

    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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