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 feature! Distribution map of festivals

    Take a look at the first version of our geographically and chronologically determined distribution map of festivals ((the link is also available via our homepage). The map shows cities in the ancient world where one or more festivals were organised. Sliding the bar below the map allows you to see the chronological development and popularity of the cities and their festivals. The size of the red bulb represents the number of participants in a particular period. By clicking the red bulbs you will see which festival(s) were hosted by this particular city, how many known participants it attracted, and the names of the athletes and musicians that were born in that particular city. We are working on improving the functionality of the map, i.a. by creating a map that shows the result of any query you might run. 

  • New content! Organizers and competitors in Boiotian contests centred on Rome

    The newest addition to the database includes ca. 150 competitors in and organizers of some Boiotian contests associated with the presence of Rome, that were being organized in the second and first centuries BCE: the Amphiaraia kai Rhomaia in Oropos, the Rhomaia in Thebes, and the alleged Erotideia kai Rhomaia in Thespiai. Like other contemporaries, the Boiotians seem to have used their association with Rome through these contests to claim their status in a rapidly changing world.   

  • CfP - Rooted Cities, Wandering Gods: Inter-Urban Religious Interaction

    We are proud to announce that the members of the Connecting the Greeks project are organising a conference on inter-urban religious contacts, to take place (hopefully in person!) at Groningen in the autumn of 2021. We invite anyone interested in cities, religious practices, and the ties between them to submit an abstract – you can read all about the conference theme and confirmed speakers in the full call for papers. 

  • New content! Competitors associated with Hellenistic dynasties

    Over the winter we’ve added a miscellany of competitors associated with the royal dynasties of the Hellenistic world. These range from actual royalty (the Ptolemies in particular were very fond of chariot-racing) to Greeks who came to take part in the new contests established by rulers eager for recognition and cultural authority. Particularly notable is Arsinoe II (Person ID 4178) - successively married to two of the most powerful rulers in the Hellenistic world and the first woman in Greek history to be declared a god, she won three races at the same Olympic festival in 272 BC. Also fun is an unnamed actor from Tegea (Person ID 4202). Known for outstanding performances in tragedies, he also managed to win a boxing contest at the newly-founded Ptolemaia festival at Alexandria. It’s still uncertain whether this means that the quality of the new competition was low, or whether he simply got very lucky!

  • Caldelli's Capitolian victors online

    All victors and participants collected by Caldelli (L'Agon Capitolinus. Storia e protagonisti dall'istituzione domizianea al IV secolo, 1993) have been added to the Connected Contests database. Find out all about the strange story of Herakleides, whose dream that he butchered the audience and judges during his performance meant that he would lose - which he did (event ID 30166). Or about the enormously successful Marcus Aurelius Asklepiades (person ID 656), a.k.a. Hermodoros, who quit boxing in his prime (he was 25) because of 'dangers and envious people' in IG XIV 1102. 






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