Nefeli Piree Iliou (Greece/Germany)

Life After Ertegun House

I stayed on at Oxford for a DPhil in Classical Archaeology, with the support of the AHRC and the Sloane Robinson Foundation at Lincoln College, and still have the privilege to work alongside old and new remarkable peers as a Resident alumna. My doctoral research, supervised by Prof Andrew Wilson and developed within Ertegun House, centres on the Roman Greek countryside, particularly that of Epirus in Northwestern Greece, where I am investigating the development of the agricultural economy from later Hellenistic to Roman times (ca. 2nd century B.C. to 4th century A.D.), with an emphasis on the little understood origin and role of Roman villas in Greece and the aim to understand Northwestern Greece’s role in a period of Roman proto-globalisation. After beginning this PhD project, it became evident that this research would require an additional expanded period of data collection, to bring together information on a vast data set of villas, farms and villages scattered across the physical landscape of Epirus and in its museums and archives. I am pursuing this data collection in Greece with the support of the Leverhulme Trust, and the continued backing of the AHRC.

As a proud member of Ertegun’s Alumni Community, I am more than happy to be contacted by Ertegun scholars or prospective applicants.