PhD Candidate in Classical Archaeology
Bio and Research
My interest lies in Ancient Greek religion, and, more specifically, in religious ideology and mystery cults and how one interacts with and is integral to the other. I focus on the marginal elective cults and on the ways we classify official cult practices as opposed to the practice of magic and curses. I draw from a wide range of evidence, from textual to material, with particular attention given to the Orphic Gold Tablets and their transmission. I look at issues of their materiality and crafting technique and what that means for the expression of an alternative to the mainstream belief of life after death. I draw attention to the ways we have come to classify certain aspects of ancient Greek religious life as ‘mainstream’. In sum, I attempt to gain a better understanding of the relationship between humankind, the gods, and the spaces each occupy within the universe.
Greek archaeology of the Archaic and Classical eras; funerary archaeology; archaeometallurgy; archaeothanatology; the movement and networks of craftspeople; Dionysian religion and its expression in orgiastic and funerary contexts; Orphism and its opposition to the mainstream civic and religious ideology.