Rebecca’s research investigates the roles and representation of women and girls in ancient Greek religion. Her PhD project focuses particularly on the island of Kos in the Hellenistic period, with an emphasis on the epigraphic material. Women and girls appear as cult participants and in a variety of offices in the ancient Greek world, and Kos provides us with an especially rich collection of pertinent inscriptions. The narrow gender and geographical focus of Rebecca’s thesis enables an exploration of ‘women’ not as a broad category but as one with its own distinctive divisions. Within the context of Koan religion, she aims to demonstrate how a woman’s interaction with public cult was not exclusively determined by her sex, but also her age, her status, and the influence of her family.
Rebecca’s doctoral project was informed by her MA dissertation, which investigated women in ancient Greek religion through the body of evidence of the CGRN (Collection of Greek Ritual Norms). With women being absent from so much of the ancient Greek material, these inscriptions offered a unique and useful lens through which to explore female cult participation. Rebecca continues to employ this approach in her current research, alongside close analysis of the archaeological and literary material.
In 2022, she was awarded the George Grote Prize in Ancient History by the Institute of Classical Studies for her work on the roles of girls in Koan religion.
Supervisor: Riet van Bremen
Working title: Models of Female Integration in Koan Religion
Expected completion date: 2024
Papers and presentations
‘A Legacy of Religious Service on Hellenistic Kos: Kallistrate, daughter of Kleumachos’, Family, Religion, and the Polis: Interaction, Amalgamation, and Transformation (King’s College London), 30 June 2022.
Writing Lab (UCL Academic Communication Centre), 2022-2023
The Greek World (HIST0787), 2020-2021