The collective research project “Civic honours” is concerned with the system of public honours that Greek cities bestowed upon their good citizens and foreign benefactors (praise, crown, statue, prohedria, public funerals, and so on). The aim of the project is to study the development of this system, and in particular the rise of honorific monuments, during the Imperial period (1st-3d c. AD), when the Greek world had become part of the Roman Empire.

Co-directed by Anna Heller and Onno van Nijf, this international project brings together scholars from France, Greece, the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, who employ various approaches and methods: epigraphy, archaeology, literature, linguistic theory… After several workshops in France, Greece and the Netherlands, a final international conference, scheduled for the Spring of 2014, will gather all participants and will be followed by the publication of a collective volume.