About

me

I am a historian, epigrapher and digital humanist.
I finished my DPhil in Ancient History at the University of Oxford in January 2021 and I will be starting a Marie Curie Fellowship at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in winter 2021.

My main research interests lie in the history of ancient Sicily, Greek epigraphy, and in using Machine Learning to study the written cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.

Research interests

Ancient History

I am a classicist by training: my doctoral thesis studied the social histories and identities of western Sicilian communities across the epigraphical and archaeological evidence, while developing digital tools (such as ISicDef) for Sicilian studies.

Machine Learning

My postdoctoral research explores how Machine Learning can enable the large-scale, in-depth interpretation of the epigraphic cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, focussing on Greek and Roman epigraphy (for now!).

Epigraphy

Epigraphy is one of the main sources for my research - and a source of great joy. I have worked on the oracular texts of Dodona, the curse tablets of Sicily, and on deep learning models for the automatic restoration and attribution of Greek texts (such as Pythia).

The Mediterranean

For research or on holiday, I have travelled the Mediterranean far and wide. I can usually be found on an island with good internet connection, exploring the local archaeological museum, excavating sites and seeking out the best rooftop bars.

News

MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE FELLOWSHIP

February 2021

I am thrilled to have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia!
I am incredbly grateful to my mentors, friends, family, the Venice teams and the MSCA, I could not have done it without 🇪🇺 (!).

PYTHIA AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

November 2020

Our research project Pythia has been presented at the 9th Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) in Strasbourg by Prof. Arianna Traviglia (CCHT).

EPIGRAPHY.INFO STEERING COMMITTEE

November 2020

I am truly honoured to have been elected member of the Epigraphy.info steering committee!
I look forward to new collaborations and to contributing to this international digital epigraphy community.

ANCIENT HISTORY AND DIGITAL HUMANITIES CONFERENCE

November 2020

Prof. Lorenzo Calvelli (Ca' Foscari) and I presented a paper entitled "Dai Database al Machine Learning. Nuove prospettive per l'epigrafia digitale" at the Ancient History e Digital Humanities: Strumenti e Prospettive conference (program).

PYTHIA FEATURED ON THE FINANCIAL TIMES

July 2020

Our research project Pythia has been featured in an article by the Financial Times!
You can read the article on the FT website, and find out more about Pythia here.