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I am a historian, epigrapher and digital humanities scientist. My research uses Machine Learning to study the epigraphic cultures of the ancient Mediterranean.

I did my BA in Classics at the University of Pavia and a parallel MA in Humanities at the School for Advanced Study (IUSS Pavia). I then moved to Oxford for my MSt in Greek History and DPhil in Ancient History. I completed my doctorate in January 2021.
In 2020, I was the Ralegh Radford Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome, and was awarded Visiting Fellowships at the Universities of Cambridge (CREWS Project), Macquarie (CACHE), and Ohio State (Center for Epigraphical and Palaeographical Studies).
In 2021, I am Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard University (CHS), Associate Researcher at the University of Oxford (Faculty of Classics) and Cultrice della materia at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. Starting November 2021 I will begin a Marie Curie Fellowship at Ca' Foscari University of Venice on my project "PYTHIA+: Machine Learning for ancient epigraphic cultures".

  • Co-author of Pythia – a deep learning model for the automatic restoration of Greek inscriptions.
  • Author of ISicDef – A MySQL database & digital corpus of Sicilian curse tablets (to be migrated to I.Sicily).
  • Doctoral thesis: “Breaking boundaries: a study of socio-cultural identities in Archaic and Classical western Sicily”.

Find me on:

  • thea {dot} sommerschield {at} classics {dot} ox {dot} ac {dot} uk
  • thea {at} sommerschield {dot} it
  • GitHub
  • Google Scholar
  • Twitter
  • a Mediterranean island with good internet connection.