Fiona Phillips

My research focuses on the alphabet used for Karian/Carian language, documented in southwest Anatolia, Egypt, and Greece ca.800–250 BCE. I am particularly interested in the divergent evolution of letter-forms among epichoric scripts and what that tells us about Karian social cohesion; the relationship between Karian and alphabets used for other languages in its vicinity such as Greek, Phrygian, Lydian, Lykian/Lycian and Sidetic; and models by which we might reconstruct the origins of these alphabetic writing systems. My supervisors are Nino Luraghi and Philomen Probert.

I am interested more generally in epigraphic habits in the context of cultural and linguistic contact. I completed my BA (St Hugh's) and MPhil (Wadham) at Oxford, with theses on Karian-Dodekanese interactions and Greco-Karian epigraphic habit respectively. I have parts of 2021 and 2022 as a research assistant on the upcoming second volume of the Corpus of Ptolemaic Inscriptions (CPI) with the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (CSAD).

I am one of two graduate representatives on the Faculty of Classics Equality and Diversity (EDI) committee, and welcome any comments or concerns on that front via email or in person.

I am also co-convenor of the Ancient Historians' Work in Progress (WiP) seminar for the academic year 2022/23. 

My thanks to the Lorne Thyssen Scholarship, via Corpus Christi College, for DPhil funding.