Antonia Apostolakou is a PhD student at Ghent University and a member of the ERC project "Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt (I – VIII AD): A Socio-Semiotic Study of Communicative Variation" (EVWRIT). Her research focuses on visual aspects of multilingualism in Late Antique Egypt, with the study of bilingual phenomena and writing (digraphia, transliteration, etc.) in their socio-historical environment, as attested in primarily Greek, Latin and Coptic documentary texts of this period.
Antonia studied at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, where she obtained a BA in Philology, with a specialisation in linguistics. She received her master’s degree in Linguistics (cum laude) from Radboud University Nijmegen. She has worked as a linguist/research assistant at the Research Center for Scientific Terms and Neologisms (Academy of Athens) and at the Department of Linguistics of Radboud University. In 2022 she acquired a scholarship from the American Society of Papyrologists to participate in the Summer Institute of Papyrology organized by prof. Peter van Minnen and hosted by the University of Cincinnati, where she received training in preparing papyrological editions and worked on unpublished papyri and ostraca. She also received a Research scholarship for young researchers by The Hardt Foundation for the Study of Classical Antiquity (La Fondation Hardt pour l'étude de l'Antiquité classique) in Switzerland in 2023.
Her current research interests include multilingual communication in antiquity, script choice, and language contact between Greek, Latin, and Coptic.
2022, 2023: Guiding students at sessions of reading papyri from the Ghent University Library collection at the Crash Course in Greek Palaeography (organized in collaboration with OIKOS, the Dutch National Research School in Classical Studies).