Stefano Caneva

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Stefano G. Caneva - Università di Padova

After a MA in Classics and a PhD in Ancient History, Stefano Caneva worked at the universities of Leuven (2010-2011), Liège (2011-2014, 2017-2019), Padova (Marie Curie Piscopia fellowship, 2015-2017), Toulouse (invited professor 2017), and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2018-2019). He is currently Assistant Professor of Greek History at the Università di Padova. His current research project, which explores the interconnections between Greek cults for gods and humans in the Hellenistic period, has been developped between Padova and Liège.

His research fields include various aspects of the cultural, religious and political history of Antiquity, with projects focusing on the study of contacts between the human and the divine spheres and of the interaction between different cultures and traditions in the Hellenistic and Imperial Mediterranean world. Other areas of interest include the Digital Humanities and the contribution of new theoretical paradigms and methods to the study of Antiquity.

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ULiège, Unité de recherche "Religion grecque antique"

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Julien Dechevez

MA at Université de Liège

Julien Dechevez is currently preparing his MA thesis in Classics and Greek Religion at the Université de Liège, under the supervision of Prof. Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge and Dr. Stefano Caneva. The title of his research is “La construction de la figure religieuse des Ptolémées à Alexandrie : acteurs, contextes et modalités d’association avec la sphère divine”. Based on a corpus including epigraphical and papyrological sources, the research aims to explore the cultual associations of the Ptolemies in the religious landscape of Alexandria.



PHRC items: 051, 052, 053, 054, 055, 056, 057, 058

Luca Lorenzon

PhD researcher at Université de Liège - Università di Padova

Luca Lorenzon graduated in Classics and Oriental studies at the Université de Liège in 2019. After a MA thesis dedicated to cultic honours for Seleucid Kings, he completed a 10-month research stay at the Collegio dei Fiamminghi di Bologna funded by the Jean Jacobs scholarship. He is currently working on a PhD thesis at the University of Liège and at the Università di Padova under the joint supervision of Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (ULiège) and Stefano Caneva (UNIPD). His research mainly focuses on the worship of human beings in ancient Greece. He is mainly interested in the way the Greeks used to understand and conceptualize ritual practices establishing equivalence between individuals receiving cultic honours and traditional deities. Based on the vocabulary and formulae used by the Ancients to describe this relationship, his research systematically puts literary and epigraphic sources in interaction with the aim of studying the development of this practice from the Hellenistic to the imperial period.


Website: Thiasos ULiège

PHRC items: 003, 007, 043, 044, 64-65

Lorenzo Paoletti

PhD researcher at Universität zu Köln - Università di Bologna

Lorenzo Paoletti successfully completed a BA in History and a MA in Ancient history and Oriental Studies at the university of Bologna (2013-2018). In April 2019, he joined the the a.r.t.e.s. Eumanites EU-cofunded programme of the university of Cologne. He is currently developing a PhD project about opposition to Greek-Macedonian ruling élites in the Hellenistic world, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter Franz Mittag (Cologne), Prof. Alice Bencivenni (Bologna), and Prof. Andrew Erskine (Edinburgh).
His main research interests are in Ancient Greek and Roman history, with a focus on Hellenistic history and the relationships between East Mediterranean and Near East local communities in the Seleucid kingdom. Moreover, he is also interested in religious, political and institutional history of the Hellenistic and Roman republican age.


Website: Universität zu Köln

PHRC items: 060, 062

Serena Evelina Peruch

PhD researcher at Università di Padova and Università Ca' Foscari di Venezia

After a MA in Classics at the University of Padua, Serena Peruch is carrying out her PhD research in Ancient History at the Universities of Padua and Venice under the supervision of Professors Alessandra Coppola and Flavio Raviola. During the last years Serena has spent several months in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and École Française d’Athènes) in the framework of her research project.
Her current research mainly focuses on the political propaganda of the Hellenistic Period and, in particular, on the figure of Antigonos II Gonatas.


PHRC items: 063

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Travocial - Social Travel & Storytelling Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults
Marie Curie PISCOPIA project no. PISC14IGRU, University of Padova (2015-2017)
FNRS project no. 98368 (2017-2020)
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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission, Seventh Framework Programme, under Grant Agreement n° 600376 (2015-2017), and from the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS), Belgium (2017-2020).
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