After finishing my MSt in Oxford, I started my PhD at Freie Universität in Berlin, where I was accepted with full funding at the Berlin Graduate School of Ancient Studies. My doctoral research, which is supervised by Professor Monika Trümper, is focused on the urban landscapes of Western Asia Minor during the late Hellenistic period (ca. end of the 2nd century BC to the end of the 1st century BC). I am investigating the development of cities within the former Hellenistic kingdom of the Attalids during its transition to a Roman province until the Augustan age. My aim is to study the transformation of these poleis independently of the traditional historical narrative of stagnation and decline, and to contribute to the understanding of the changing political and social dynamics in the East during this period from an archaeological perspective.
Having the opportunity to be an Ertegun Scholar was not only a great honour and privilege to me, but it also gave me the possibility to exchange ideas and spirited debate about our academic work in a beautiful environment. Meeting people from all over the world with incredibly different backgrounds, studying different subjects within the Humanities was particularly inspiring. I am incredibly grateful to Mica Ertegun for this opportunity, and would like to thank everyone at the Ertegun House for the welcoming and stimulating atmosphere.