About

me

I am a historian and epigrapher of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. My research applies Machine Learning to the study of the written cultures of the ancient Mediterranean, and I also work on the social and cultural history of archaic and classical Sicily. I am a Marie Curie Fellow at Ca' Foscari University of Venice working on the PythiaPlus project. I am also a Fellow in Hellenic Studies at Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies, and member of the Google Cloud Research Innovastors 2022 cohort.

Research interests

Ancient History

I am a classicist by training: my doctoral thesis studied the social histories and identities of western Sicilian communities across the epigraphical and archaeological evidence.

Machine Learning

My postdoctoral research explores how Machine Learning can enable the large-scale, in-depth interpretation of the epigraphic cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Epigraphy

Epigraphy is one of the main sources for my research - and a source of great joy. I have worked on the oracular texts of Dodona, the curse tablets of Sicily, and on deep learning models to study Greek inscriptions.

The Mediterranean

I have travelled the Mediterranean far and wide. I can usually be found on an island with good internet connection, exploring the local archaeological museum and seeking out the best rooftop bars.

News

FURTHER ITHACA COVERAGE FROM NATURE AND DEEPMIND

March 2022

Nature has created a fantastic video and podcast about our project ITHACA. More on our research in the Nature News and Views article by Prof. Roueché, and on DeepMind's research blog.

PREDICTING THE PAST WITH ITHACA

March 2022

On the cover of Nature today, our work ITHACA on restoring, locating and dating ancient texts using deep neural networks! Read the open access article here, and use the free online interface to restore, date and attribute Greek inscriptions for your personal research at ithaca.deepmind.com.

START OF PYTHIAPLUS

December 2021

Today I moved to Venice to begin my Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship on the project PythiaPlus. Watch this space for more updates on the project's outputs!

PREMIO NENCI 2020

November 2021

My dissertation has been awarded the Premio "Giuseppe Nenci 2020 for the best doctoral thesis on ancient Sicily by the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and Donnafugata srl.

MARIE SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE FELLOWSHIP

February 2021

I am thrilled to have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at Università Ca' Foscari Venezia!
I'm incredibly grateful to my mentors, friends, family, the Venice teams and the MSCA, I could not have done it without 🇪🇺 (!).

PYTHIA AT THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

November 2020

Our research project Pythia has been presented at the 9th Plenary Session of the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) in Strasbourg by Prof. Arianna Traviglia (CCHT).

EPIGRAPHY.INFO STEERING COMMITTEE

November 2020

I am truly honoured to have been elected member of the Epigraphy.info steering committee.
I look forward to new collaborations and to contributing to this international digital epigraphy community.

PYTHIA FEATURED ON THE FINANCIAL TIMES

July 2020

Our research project Pythia has been featured in an article by the Financial Times!
You can read the article on the FT website, and find out more about Pythia here.