I have been a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Classics and a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College since January 2018. Before moving to Oxford, I spent a year in Cyprus, working for the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus, within the framework of the ‘Cyprus Archaeological Digitisation Programme’ (CADiP), based at the Cyprus Museum. In 2016, I was awarded a PhD on Roman Art and Archaeology in Durham University, with a thesis that was accepted with no corrections. Prior to that, I obtained an MA on Roman Archaeology at Durham University in 2012 with distinction, after having studied Classics at the University of Athens.
Research and Teaching
My research interests revolve around the evolution of cities in Late Antiquity; the methodology I adopt places greater emphasis on a holistic investigation of material culture. The fate of statues, an omnipresent and multifaceted element of the cities, is one of the key elements for a nuanced understanding of the transformation of the Roman world into the Byzantine Empire. In fact, that was the focus of my PhD, which collated and studied evidence for more than 300 statues excavated in late antique contexts on Cyprus for the first time. My aim was to ‘re-site’ statues to their physical and mental contexts and re-construct the ancient experience. My interest in the transformation of urban culture was first fuelled during my MA studies, while surveying the practice of architectural reuse (spolia) in Cypriot Early Christian basilicas.
My current research explores the use of sculpture in public bathing establishments in both halves of the Roman world during Late Antiquity. Baths were used by men and women of various social and religious groups and continued displaying mythological statues long after the legalisation of Christianity (AD 313). The undiminished popularity of public bathing establishments to the end of antiquity offers the challenging opportunity to document and examine the changing attitudes of the communities to classical statuary, from display to destruction, in busy urban facilities that remained neutral in cultic terms. The project builds on the methodological approaches and practical skills I developed during my doctoral studies and sheds fresh light on the mentalities of the late antique societies, renewing our understanding of the processes that shaped Late Antiquity and eventually led to the demise of the classical world.
Castrating the Gods of Salamis, Cyprus: a case study on the sexual mutilation of statuary in Late Antiquity”, in Ioannou, Ch., Mavrojannis, Th., Rogge, S. (eds.), Salamis of Cyprus. History and Archaeology from the Earliest Times to Late Antiquity. Schriften des Instituts für Interdisziplinäre Zypern-Studien, vol. 13 (Münster - New York: Waxmann 2019), pp. 706-718
“Byzantine Cyprus I: Late Antiquity and Early Byzantine Period”, in Neocleous, S. (ed.) Ιστορία της Κύπρου, Vol. 1., (Μέλαθρον Οικουμενικού Ελληνισμού 2018), pp. 179-243
“Villa of Theseus, Nea Paphos: Reconsidering its Sculptural Collection”, in Maguire, R. and Chick, J. (eds.), Approaching Cyprus: Proceedings of the Post-Graduate Conference of Cypriot Archaeology (PoCA) held at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, 1st-3rd November 2013, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016, pp. 228-243
“Living among the gods: pagan and mythological sculpture in Early Christian Nea Paphos”, in Balandier, Cl., Michaelides, D., Raptou, E. (eds.), Nea Paphos et l’Ouest de Chypre. Actes du 2e colloque international sur Paphos "Nea Paphos and Western Cyprus" tenu à Paphos, 11-15 Octobre 2017, Collection «Mémoires», Ausonius Editions, Bordeaux [forthcoming; accepted: 10 Jun 2018]
“A ‘new’ statue of the muse Erato from Nea Pafos”, in the Proceedings of the International Conference Decoration of Hellenistic and Roman Buildings in Cyprus, Warsaw 10th-11th Mar 2017. Travaux de l’Institut des Cultures Méditerranéennes et Orientales de l’Académie Polonaise des Sciences, vol. 4 [forthcoming; accepted: 29 Aug 2017]