Hannah Smagh is a Ph.D. candidate in Classical art and archaeology with a particular focus on Greek archaeology. She graduated from Emory University in 2015. Her honors thesis, entitled The Participation of Slaves in Athenian Religion, explored how Athenian slaves in the Classical period were able to transcend their enslaved status through participation in public cults, such as the cult of Bendis, the Eleusinian Mysteries, and the Kronia festival. She has excavated at the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace, working on the restoration of the Winged Victory in the Louvre Museum, and in Selinunte, Sicily. Currently, Smagh excavates with the Molyvoti, Thrace, Archaeological Project and is working on her dissertation, which examines the archaeological evidence for domestic religion in the Classical period and how religious practice defines the space and members of the household.
Smagh’s broad research interests include the use of space in Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece; cultural interaction with a particular focus on how power dynamics play out in material culture; and Greek religion.