Analytical Concept


The Human Factor

Analytical Concept

Anchoring the New

Social Impact

Tool for Thinking

A new Tool for Thinking

The project brings together classicists to study the human factor in successful innovation and develop and test the concept of anchoring: connecting the new to the familiar.

Anchoring Innovation (in Dutch)

This video is part of the exhibition 'Emperor Domitian'

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
14 October 2021 - 20 March 2022

What we do

Book series
Lectures & Workshops
Teaching Material


Our researchers are working together on 7 domains led by eminent researchers in the field. We study all important domains of human civilization and have a special domain devoted to discussing issues of theory.

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Our junior researchers are working on exciting individual projects to explore the concept of anchoring in all classical disciplines. Projects range from Greek statues in Rome to epic elements in science fiction film, from Cicero’s letters to Hellenistic medicine.

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Book series

The Anchoring Innovation programme has initiated its own open access book series with Brill, called Euhormos.

Euhormos (εὔορμος) is the Homeric term for a harbour ‘in which the anchoring is good’. Under this auspicious title, we aim to publish a book series striving to afford ‘good anchorage’ to studies contributing to a better understanding of ‘anchoring innovation’ in Greco-Roman antiquity.

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Lectures & Workshops

We put on tailor-made lectures and workshops for companies and schools to introduce the concept of Anchoring Innovation. Allow our examples from the classical past to shed new light on the present and future of your organization.

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Teaching Material

For Dutch school teachers in Classics we have developed teaching material to use the concept of Anchoring Innovation in the classroom.

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Discourse & Rhetoric

Prof. Caroline Kroon

Language is arguably the most powerful anchoring device. Anchoring mechanisms in communication often disclose shared values, ambitions or knowledge.

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Literature & Art

Prof. Irene de Jong & Prof. Antje Wessels

Projects on important literary and artistic innovations, the invention of new forms of literature and art, and their relation to pre-existing models.

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Philosophy & Religion

Prof. Josine Blok & Prof. Teun Tieleman

Issues of authority in cultic innovations, innovations in priesthood, and foundations of civic festivals from the point of view of successful or unsuccessful anchoring.

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Politics, Law, Economy & the Military

Prof. Josine Blok & Prof. Onno van Nijf

How and why did political innovation come about and how were such innovations anchored (more or less) successfully?

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Technology, Science & Material Culture

Dr Stephan Mols & Prof. Teun Tieleman

Case studies of dramatic innovations in technology, science and material culture, where we can study anchoring processes and their outcomes in detail.

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Reception of Antiquity

Dr Susanna de Beer, Dr Bettina Reitz-Joosse & Prof. Eric Moormann

Antiquity itself can serve as an anchor in and through a long history of reception.

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Theory & Methods

Prof. Ineke Sluiter & whole team

The team jointly strives to develop a theory of Anchoring Innovation. This group guarantees optimal collaboration between all domains and focuses on common issues of theory.

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To stay connected in these challenging times, the Anchoring Innovation team is organizing various online events.

Upcoming Events

17 Dec

Emperor Domitian: God on Earth

17 December 2021 - 22 May 2022
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
18 Mar
19 Mar

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