Abigail Hoskins

B.A., University of Chicago, 2015.
abigail_hoskins [at] berkeley [dot] edu

I received my B.A. in Classics with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of Chicago in 2015.  In my honors thesis, I examined the role of Sumerian motifs in the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite and used them as a lens to examine differences between ancient Greek and Mesopotamian conceptions of divinity, power, identity, and the role of women.

While at the University of Chicago, I worked as a Metcalf Fellow at the Oriental Institute, where I contributed to the Writing in Early Mesopotamia project.  I also received the Pausanias Summer Research Fellowship, which I used to attend a Balkan Heritage Field School workshop on the conservation and restoration of pottery from Apollonia Pontica.

I joined the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at Berkeley in 2016.  My research interests center on magic, divination, and ritual in the ancient Mediterranean world, and on space (both literal and figurative) of cultural contact and exchange.  I also hope to continue my involvement in digital humanities projects that work to conserve ancient texts and materials and to make them more accessible to a variety of users.