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Bachelor's Thesis Award

Since 2019 CRASIS presents an award of € 500 for the best submitted Bachelor’s Thesis written at the University of Groningen or the Protestant Theological University in Groningen and dealing with a research topic covered by CRASIS: ancient history, classical languages, archaeology, and ancient Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Previous winners

In 2019, the Bachelor’s Thesis Award was presented to Benjamin Lensink for his thesis titled “Cosmological Contestations: A Cosmological Comparison between the Visio Pauli and the Apocalypse of Paul”. The jury especially appreciated the combination of solid description and high explanatory potential, resulting in a very convincing interpretation of the material within its religious and cultural context. Moreover, the suggestions made for further research showed both the relevance of this topic and Lensink’s enthusiasm and ability to work on it.

In 2020, Hylke de Boer was awarded the price for his thesis “Roma hospitis patria: Een karakterisering van de hospes in Propertius boek IV”. The jury was impressed by De Boer’s mastery of the primary sources and his ability to bring them into dialogue with the secondary literature. Not least because of their relevance for modern societies, the themes of diversity and unity are currently of central interest in classics and ancient history, and De Boer offers a creative contribution to these debates.

The winner of the CRASIS Bachelor Thesis Prize 2021 is “Eternal Friendship, Carved in Stone,” written by Silvan Auf der Maur. Auf der Maur investigates the use of decrees in Athenian diplomacy. By so doing, Auf der Maur seeks to supplement the information about Athenian democracy which we may gather from literary sources with “empirical evidence in the form of the decrees.” Auf der Maur’s thesis covers a trendy topic: the study of networks is currently much en vogue, after groundbreaking work by individuals such as Irad Malkin, whom Auf der Maur duly acknowledges. The jury was particularly impressed by how Auf der Maur situates his question within the history of scholarship and clarifies what his work contributes to the study of ancient Greek diplomacy.

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