Papers and talks

15.05.2019 - Naples Project presentation by Onno van Nijf at the conference Essere sempore il migliore

06.02.2019 - Royal Holloway, University London, Onno van Nijf has given the annual  DABIS lecture of the Department of Classics on our project

31.01.2019 - Groningen, Formal launch of Connecting the Greeks

29.01.2019 - Warwick University, Onno van Nijf gave a lecture on the project to our colleagues in a project on the Materiality of Graeco-Roman festivals, directed by Prof. Z. Newby

19.06.2018 - Oldenburg,  Onno van Nijf gave a seminar  on ancient festival networks & the project at the Seminar für Alte Geschichte, Oldenburg University (16-18)

08.12.2017 - Gent, Presentation of the database project Connected Contests at the international workshop Digital Tools for Ancient Historians, organised by the Roman Society Research Center:

15.11.2017 - Tours: 'Les concours grecs dans les périodes hellénistiques et romaines: le développement d’un réseau agonistique' Seminaire,  Université de Tours - François Rabelais

25.08.2017 - Bournemouth: 'Whose network? Complex festival networks in the Graeco-Roman World', paper on project presented at The Connected Past 2017: The Future of Past Networks?, Executive Business Center/University of Bournemouth

27.05.2017 - St. Andrews: 'The Cyclades and the agonistic cycle' paper presented at conference Landscapes of Movement, University of St. Andrews

12.05.2017 - Leiden: 'Connected Contests' paper on project presented at the Leiden Center for Data Science meeting, University of Leiden

9.05.2017 - Rome: 'Experiencing Roman power at Greek contests: Romaia in the Greek festival network' paper presented at the conference 'Regarding Roman power'  Ecole fançaise de Rome

18-19.03.2017 - Oxford: 'Panhellenic politics. Festivals as multiscalar network tools in the Hellenistic world', paper presented at conference Religious Interactions in the Hellenistic World, Lincoln College, Oxford University

25.05.2015 - Mannheim: 'Connecting the Greek world. Panhellenic festivals and the development of athletic networks in the Hellenistic Greek East', paper presented at the Tagung: Sport in der Epoche des Hellenismus, Universität Mannheim


Several concepts underlying this project are developed during university talks and courses including:

2013-current - University of Groningen: BA 3rd year course, Blue Networks. Social networks in the pre-modern Mediterranean World

2016-2017 - University of Groningen: MA course, Athletes and Oracles. Sport and Festivals in Ancient Greece

2016-2017 - University of Groningen: BA course, Sport in history, culture and the media

Recent Posts

  • Minor updates

    There has been an update to the database: we have made some changes to the tables: Region and Age Category are now separate tables; new tables Role and Deme have been added. we have also fixed a problem with exporting ther esults as a CSV file. Please contact us if you experience any further problems

  • 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 ...






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