I am an ancient historian and my research primarily focuses on local identity formation in the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean. My PhD studies investigated the culture and society of Roman Cyprus and was driven by study of the surviving material artefacts, notably inscriptions. I am currently in the final stages of revising this text which is under contract with Oxford University Press to be published as a monograph.
Upon completion of my PhD at Warwick University in 2015, I continued to develop my research on the phenomena of cross-cultural contact in the Roman Empire and on the materiality of ancient artefacts (their use, abuse, reuse and reception). My practice and outlook is interdisciplinary and my research on local identity formation, particularly in relation to ancient Cyprus and its landscape, has been developed most recently through an ongoing collaboration with the visual artist Yorgos Petrou. The most recent stages of our interdisciplinary research has been supported by the Cyprus High Commission (London). In November 2017 we hosted the art exhibition 33° 3’ 45’’ East (at the Cyprus High Commission from 23rd November to 2nd December) which presented our combined work to date on the themes of geological stratification and identity formation in Cyprus. This event drew specialist and non-specialist audiences and was featured as part of the online documentary series Κύπριοι του κόσμου.
I am currently developing research on metals and identity formation in antiquity (particularly on copper) and foresee the development of this into a long-term interdisciplinary project which explores the impact of metals on communities from antiquity to the present day.