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Professor Onno van Nijf

Project:

'Sport, Identities and Connectivity in the Ancient World'

Host Institution:

Royal Holloway, University of London; Institute of Classical Studies

During his British Academy Visiting Fellowship, Professor van Nijf will prepare a monograph on Greek athletics in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These were the heydays of a highly complex festival culture that took the form of athletic (and theatrical or musical) contests. Professor van Nijf will study this phenomenon based on a comprehensive investigation of the source material using social network theory and other recent (digital) approaches to ancient history. 

A secondary aim is to work on an on-line database of athletes, performers and festivals: www.connectedcontests.org. Professor van Nijf’s stay in London will be used further to develop the database with a view to a network analysis and to integrate it with other initiatives in the field of digital humanities. The combination of scholars and approaches at Royal Holloway and the Institute of Classical Studies provides the ideal institutional context for the development of this project. 

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