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Ph.D. Marina Bastero Acha


Marina is a historian and epigraphist, she is a specialist in Hispano-Roman religious epigraphy, with a special focus on evergetic practices. She graduated in History at the University of the Basque Country in 2016, she completed a Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Salamanca and a second Master’s degree in the Classical World at the University of the Basque Country, where she established the basis for her doctoral thesis.

She holds a PhD, supported by a Basque Government fellowship, from the University of the Basque Country (2023) with a thesis entitled “Religious Evergetism in Roman Hispania (1st century BC – 3rd century AD)”. During her doctoral thesis, through an interdisciplinary research, she has carried out the composition of an unpublished epigraphic corpus and the elaboration of a historical study of it. She has dealt with Roman Epigraphy, archaeological information, study of epigraphic terminology and understanding of evergetic behaviour in the social, economic and, above all, religious spheres. During her PhD, she was part of the SPCUR Research Group and SubTERRA Research Group. Simultaneously, she participated in the project ʺLa construcción política de Hispania Citerior en el Alto Imperio romano: las formas de organización cívica y no cívica de la poblaciónʺ. In addition, she has done several research stays at the CIL II Centre at the University of Alcalá de Henares, at the Université Toulouse – Jean Jaurès (TRACES Research Group), at the Università degli Studi di Verona (Department of Culture and Civilisation) and at the Uniwersytet Łódzki (PROM-NAWA programme). Moreover, she has had the opportunity to take training courses that have allowed her to specialise in the application of new technologies in epigraphic studies, from the mapping system (GIS) to the use of programmes such as Blender or Agisoft Metashape. This training has given her a global vision of epigraphic sources, which she will continue to develop throughout this project.

Marina is responsible for gathering the epigraphical data from the Western Later Roman Empire, as well as for filtering the meaningful evidence and inputting it into the Digital Atlas of Workshops in Epigraphy (DAWE).