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Gillian Marbury

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Gillian Marbury

Graduate Associate


450 University Hall

I received my B.A. in Ancient Civilization and Classical Languages with a minor in Psychology from the University of Iowa in 2023. My senior honors thesis, “‘The Very Special Dead’: Heroes and Saints as Intermediary Figures of Antiquity” examined the similarities between ancient Greek heroes and early Christian saints and their roles in offering special metaphysical religious experiences. My research interests lie primarily in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean; specifically, I am interested in how ancient people used religion to construct cultural identity and in women’s religious experiences in Classical Greece and pre-Constantinian Christianity.