Abigail Hoskins

B.A., University of Chicago, 2015.

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 joined the Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology at Berkeley in 2016. In 2017 I volunteered at the Balkan Heritage excavations at Pistiros, and in 2019 I volunteered at the excavation of Tel Kabri directed by Eric Cline and Assaf Yasur-Landau.
My research interests center on religion in the Hellenistic Mediterranean world, cuneiform mystical and explanatory texts, and cultural contact and exchange between Greece and Mesopotamia. I am currently working on a dissertation on the religious culture of Hellenistic Babylonia.