Exploring the ancient world
Ancient crowd control
Dr. Daniëlle Slootjes (Radboud University) investigates expressions of collective behaviour and issues of crowd control, covering multiple cities and stretching a time period of two millennia (500 B.C.E.-1500 C.E.). In ancient Rome, large groups of people gathered for all types of reasons: from seeing the games at Circus Maximus to protesting against grain shortages. How did the authorities deal with these gatherings and their volatile emotions?
Slootjes appears regularly on Dutch television as an expert on ancient history.
Dead languages in a changing world. How to keep them alive?
Today, an enormous amount of media provides access to the ancient world: movies, games, comics, theatre plays, museums, the internet and books are just a few possibilities. Some of the largest book collections of Greek and Latin languages and literature in translation already exist for more than a hundred years. What may explain their success? And how is it possible that these publications have survived for over a century in an ever-changing world?
Mirte Liebregts was trained as a classicist at the University of Amsterdam and Oxford University. She now works at the Radboud University as a PhD researcher.