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

  • New Search Option Available

    We have added more sophisticated search option. Not only can you specify that you want to have a list of persons, rather than events, you also can use Boolean operators AND & OR. The find results are downloadable in CSV format for further processing. For instructions,  click on the search database button.

  • The Cotswold Olimpicks

    Slightly tangential: last month witnessed the celebration of Robert Dover's Cotswolds Olympic games in rustic Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds.  These games have been regulalrly celebrated since 1612 and represent a crucial link in between the ancient Olympics and the Modern Games. Onno van Nijf wrote a blog about it (in Dutch), that can be found on See also Of cousre we would be very interested in finding out how many athletes took part, and where they all came  from ...

  • 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.






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