Véronique DASEN

Véronique DASEN

Project Leader

Véronique Dasen is professor of classical archaeology at the University of Fribourg. Her research is led in a multidisciplinary and anthropological perspective. Her research interests range from ancient iconography and material culture, the history of the body, of medicine and of magical practices to gender studies, history of childhood and ludic culture (games and divination, games and love, passage rites).

Academia profile (publications, papers and lectures)
University of Fribourg webpage (cv, collaborations and projects)

Interview with Véronique Dasen and Ulrich Schädler to present the Archéothéma publication about games


PhD Students

  • Hanna AMMAR | Academia | Enfance en jeux dans le monde grec classique (Childhood at play in Classical Greece), co-supervision with Gabriella Pironti, Greek Religion, EPHE, Paris: 2017-2021.
  • Thomas DANIAUX | Academia | La culture ludique de Gaule romaine, co-supervision with Dominique Frère, Roman Archaeology, Université de Bretagne: 2018-2022.


  • Marco VESPA | Academia | Commented anthology of Greek and Latin sources on play and games: 2018-2020.
  • Salvatore COSTANZA | Academia |Commented edition of play and games in Pollux, Onomasticon: 2017-2019.
  • Alexandra ATTIA | Academia | Play, game, gender and sociability in Italiote vase painting: 2019-2021.
  • Alessandro PACE | Academia | GIS for the team, and research on play and games in Pompei, Herculanum and Ostia: 2019-2021.
  • Ulrich SCHADLER | Academia | Director of the Swiss Museum of Games.
Other collaborators
  • Alrick DEILLON: informatics, NTE center (Callisto database, Ludus database, Notion workspace)
  • Steve SIMONS and Sonya NEVIN | Panoply project
  • Prof. Ernst STROUHAL, Florian BETTEL | Causa creations/Gentle Troll Entertainment. University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Reconstruction of four ancient games in two variants on PC and smartphones: Pente Grammai, Duodecim Scripta/alea, Ludus Latrunculorum, Three men’s Morris.
  • Hélène Becquelin | website | Illustrator. She created the painting of the erotes (locus ludi logo).
  • Alexandre G. MITCHELL, D.Phil | Academia | Expressum | Research on ancient visual humour. Technical collaboration: strategy, creation and maintenance of the site of locusludi.ch and translation of articles/books produced by ERC Locus ludi.

Invited researchers

  • Christian LAES (Invited professor, University of Manchester, UK, FNS Scientific Exchange Grant 1.10.2017-31.3.2018)  | university webpage | Academia
  • Gabriella PIRONTI (Invited Professor, Paris, EPHE, Erasmus Mundus “Exercices de polytheisme”, 16-18.4.2018) | Anhima profile
  • Chiara BIANCHI (Invited researcher, Milano, lectures on “Matériel ludique en os d’époque romaine”, 7.11.2018) | Academia
  • Stéphanie WYLER (Invited Professor, Paris 7 Diderot/Anhima, lectures on “Trompe la-Mort: Jeux et enjeux dans les images funéraires hellénistiques et romaine”, 6-7.12.2018) | Anhima profile