project . 2017 - 2023 . On going

Locus Ludi

Locus Ludi: The Cultural Fabric of Play and Games in Classical Antiquity
Open Access mandate for Publications European Commission
  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 741520 Call for proposal: ERC-2016-ADG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG Overall Budget: 2,495,930 EURFunder Contribution: 2,495,930 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Oct 2017
    End Date
    30 Sep 2023
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Description
Play and games were ubiquitous in antiquity, among free men and slaves, men and women, adults and children, in town and country. Even gods played. Ludic culture created communities from early childhood to a ripe old age. Did these groups play together, or did they play different games, with distinct rules? And did they play similar games to us? This interdisciplinary project will provide the first comprehensive study of the evidence. Written, archaeological and iconographic sources are abundant, but forgotten in museums and libraries. This neglect is due to the modern Western view of games as children’s pastime, if not a waste of time. Ancient play and games ref...
Description
Play and games were ubiquitous in antiquity, among free men and slaves, men and women, adults and children, in town and country. Even gods played. Ludic culture created communities from early childhood to a ripe old age. Did these groups play together, or did they play different games, with distinct rules? And did they play similar games to us? This interdisciplinary project will provide the first comprehensive study of the evidence. Written, archaeological and iconographic sources are abundant, but forgotten in museums and libraries. This neglect is due to the modern Western view of games as children’s pastime, if not a waste of time. Ancient play and games ref...
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