Véronique DASEN

Véronique DASEN

Project Leader

Véronique Dasen is professor of classical archaeology at the University of Fribourg, Honorary Professor at the University of Lille. 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)
Personal website: www.pentelitha.ch



Senior researcher

PhD Students

  • Hanna AMMAR | Academia | WebpageEnfance en jeux: représentations des activités infantiles dans la céramique attique des Ve et IVe siècles av. J.-C. (Childhood at play: depictions of children’s game and play on Attic vases from the 5th and 4th centuries BC), co-supervision with Gabriella Pironti (Greek Religion), École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris: 2017-2021.
  • Thomas DANIAUX | Academia | La culture ludique de Gaule romaine, co-supervision with Dominique Frère, Roman Archaeology, Université de Bretagne: 2018-2022.


  • Eftychia ALEVIZOU | Research on ludic culture in Northern Greece: 2019-2020.
  • Marie-Lys ARNETTE | Academia | Research on exchanges, transmission, reception of Egyptian ludic culture in the first Millenium BC: 2019-2021.
  • Alexandra ATTIA | Academia | WebpagePlay, game, gender and sociability in Italiote vase painting: 2019-2022.
  • Barbara CARE | Academia | Research on ludic culture in Greece: 2022-2023
  • Salvatore COSTANZA | Academia | Commented edition of play and games in Pollux, Onomasticon: 2017-2019.  Open Access: Giulio Polluce, Onomasticon excerpta de ludis. Materiali per la storia del gioco nel mondo greco-romano, Alessandria, edizione del’Orso, 2019
  • Alessandro PACE | Academia | GIS for the team, research on play and games in Pompei, Herculanum and Ostia: 2019-2023. Habilitation thesis: Ludite Pompeiani ! Nuove prospettive sulla cultura ludica dell’antica città. Defended on 07.03.2022. In press.
  • Marco VESPA | Webpage | Academia| Philological study of play and games, edition of collective books and special issues in peer reviewed journals, commented anthology of Greek and Latin sources on play and games: 2018-2021.
Design, webmaster
  • Hélène BECQUELIN | website | Illustrator. She created Locus Ludi logo (the Erotes painting).
  • Zoé CALZOLARI | Illustrator. Design of the cover of Héraclite. Le temps est un enfant qui joue, Liège, 2020.
  • Lou-An DANIAUX | Illustrator. Design of 2022 wishes, cover of Pallas 119, 2022.
  • Alrick DEILLON: informatics, NTE center (Callisto database, Ludus database, Notion workspace)
  • 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.

Reconstructions of ancient games, animations

Invited researchers

  • Adrien DELAHAYE (University of Caen), research grant of the University of Fribourg 1.2-31.5.2019 | Academia
  • Audrey GOUY (Paris ENS) research grant of the University of Fribourg 1.2-30.4.2019 (Marie Curie grantee 2019-2021) | TEXDANCE |
  • Christian LAES (Invited professor, University of Manchester, UK, SNF Scientific Exchange Grant 1.10.2017-31.3.2018) | university webpage | Academia | team photo
  • Claudia LAMBRUGO (Invited professor, University of Milan “La Statale”, I, SNF Scientific Exchange Grant 1.12.2020-28.2.2021) |university webpage | Academia 
  • Edwige LOVERGNE (UMR 8546 – AorOc) | Academia | Research grant of the University of Fribourg (15.2.2020-30.4.2020).
  • Melissa TIREL (Rennes 2 University) Funerary archaeology, archaeology of early childhood | Research grant of the University of Fribourg (15.9.2021-24.12.2021)| Academia
  • Barbara CARE (Invited Senior researcher, University of Milan “La Statale”, I, FNS Scientific Exchange Grant 1.04.2022-30.9.2022) | Academia
  • Oksana RUCHYNSKA (Invited professor, Vasil Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, Scholar at risk/SNF Scientific Exchange Grant 1.05.2022-30.4.2023) | SRF interview | Academia

Related Projects

  • Chiara BIANCHI, Fribourg university, SNF senior researcher, SNF project Greek and Roman Articulated Dolls (10th cent. BC.- 7th cent. AD): Archaeological and Anthropological Approaches (2020-2024)


Editorial activities

New collections initiated by the project

Jeu/Play/Spiel, Liège, Presses universitaires de Liège (editors: Sébastien Genvo, Bjorn-Olaz Dozo, Véronique Dasen) created in 2019

Locus Ludi, Darmstadt, WBG/Mainz, Ph. von Zabern  (editors: Véronique Dasen, Ulrich Schädler), created in 2022.