University of Groningen research on Ancient History covers a wide range, from the Greek Classical period up to and including the Late Roman Empire, and from religion and political representation to network theory. We are part of the large History department, which provides us with many opportunities for comparative teaching and research. We collaborate intensively with all of these departments in our teaching and research. We are also involved in supervising PhD students from other departments.
University of Groningen research on Ancient History covers a wide range, from the Greek Classical period up to and including the Late Roman Empire, and from religion and political representation to network theory.
We are part of the large History department, which provides us with many opportunities for comparative teaching and research. In addition we enjoy the full advantages of the diverse Groningen expertise in Classical Studies: a thriving Classical Studies department, a good Mediterranean Archaeology department, and a prominent Faculty of Theology. We collaborate intensively with all of these departments in our teaching and research.
Our permanent staff are all active and internationally published researchers with research experience abroad and many international contacts. Our research projects are organised under the title Political Culture, Religion and Identities from the Hellenistic Period to Late Antiquity. Our research takes place under OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies, and is locally subsumed under ICOG, the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture, and CRASIS, Culture, Religion and Society in the Ancient World. We are partners in Anchoring Innovation, the research initiative of the research school OIKOS which was awarded a gravitation grant that will allow us to initiate exciting new research projects.
Prof van Nijf and Dr Williamson were recently awarded a 4 year grant for their project Connecting the Greeks that investigates the development of festival networks in the Hellenistic world; this project continues to expand the project Connected Contests, the online database of athletes in the ancient world.
Dr Jan Willem Drijvers has been the recipient for numerous grants and fellowships for his work on Late Antiquity, among others from the National Humanities Center and Dumbarton Oaks in the USA, in Oxford, Göttingen, Yale, Jerusalem and Sydney.
Dr Jeremia Pelgrom has co-directed two projects from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) that focus on mapping the Via Appia and landscapes of early colonization in Italy in the mid-Republican period.
Our teaching and research are characterized by a focus on interdisciplinary approaches. In our research projects, we work together with archaeologists, classical studies experts and religious studies experts, and most of our PhD students are supervised in collaboration with experts from these disciplines. We are also involved in supervising PhD students from other departments.
There is an active group of PhD students at the Ancient History department and neighbouring departments. Recent and current PhD projects include the following:
· Inscriptions as a medium of Hellenistic globalization
· Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity
· Patronage and social hierarchies in Rome
· Cultural identities in in the Latin colonies of Central Italy
· Emperors and decurions in Italy (27 BC - AD 68)
· City and sanctuary in Hellenistic Asia Minor
· Societal Changes reflected in material culture: the Greek agora in the Hellenistic and Roman periods
· Citizens, elites and benefactors: The politics of generosity in Roman Asia Minor
Our PhD and Research MA students are involved the CRASIS Ancient World Seminar.