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My research is mainly oriented on how geographical, political, social, and economic factors impacted the spread of religious traditions in the Hellenistic and Roman era. My methodological portfolio is a combination of traditional tools of a historian and quantitative approaches such as network theory and geospatial analysis.
Currently, I focus on the research within the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie-IF-project Favorable Conditions of the Spread of the Cult of Asclepius across the Transportation Network of the Roman Mediterranean: A Quantitative Evaluation (ASCNET; 2020-2022). The main research question of the ASCNET project is - How the Roman army and infectious diseases such as the Antonine or Cyprian plague could have contributed to the popularity of the cult of Asclepius?
Reports from the ASCNET project are posted on a blog https://ascnetbergen.wordpress.com/
- (2021). The spread of the cult of Asclepius in the context of the Roman army benefited from the presence of physicians: A spatial proximity analysis. PLOS ONE.