User:TheaSommerschield

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I am a historian and epigrapher, currently CHS Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard University. My research uses Machine Learning to study the written 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. In 2021, I am a Fellow at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies (CHS), where I will be carrying out my residency in the fall. 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-lead of Pythia – a deep learning model for the automatic restoration of Greek inscriptions.
  • Lead of ISicDef – A MySQL database & digital corpus of Sicilian curse tablets (to be migrated to I.Sicily).
  • Doctoral thesis title: “Breaking boundaries: a study of socio-cultural identities in Archaic and Classical western Sicily”.

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