Connecting the Greeks: Festival networks in the Hellenistic world

Williamson, C. & van Nijf, O., 2016, Athletics in the Hellenistic world. Mann, C., Remijssen, S. & Scharff, S. (eds.). Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, p. 43-71 29 p. (Alte Geschichte).

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Panhellenic festivals were central to the ancient Greek world since archaic times, with places such as Delphi and Olympia defining the essence of a Greek ‘imagined community’. In the Hellenistic period, several Greek cities began to organize large-scale festivals of their own at their main sanctuaries, gradually linking the expanded Greek world together through increasingly stronger ties. As Rome became dominant in the eastern Mediterranean, it was able to use these existing festival connections to anchor its hegemony, making them thereby even stronger. Through case studies of festivals at Magnesia on the Maeander, Stratonikeia, and Oropos we explore ways that network theory can help interpret this phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAthletics in the Hellenistic world
EditorsChristian Mann, Sophie Remijssen, Sebastian Scharff
Place of PublicationStuttgart
PublisherFranz Steiner Verlag
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9783515115711
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameAlte Geschichte
PublisherFranz Steiner Verlag


  • Sport in antiquity, Hellenistic history, network theory, Greek religion
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    Williamson, C. (Creator) & Nijf, van, O. (Creator), University of Groningen, 2017


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