Olivia Graves

Ph.D. Student in Classics


Olivia Graves is in the first year of the Classics PhD program in the Classical Archaeology track. She received her B.A. in English and Classics from UC Berkeley in 2017 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), an MPhil in Archaeology (Distinction) from the University of Oxford in 2019, and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Classics from UCLA in 2020. She primarily focuses on the Roman economy, but her master’s thesis looked at early Byzantine objects that have been discovered in the United Kingdom as evidence for continued contact between East and West in Late Antiquity. Other interests include the archaeology of the Roman provinces, ancient living standards, new horizons for modeling and the digital humanities, and the representation of material culture in classical literature. She has participated in archaeological fieldwork at the Bronze Age cemetery of Aidonia, Greece with UC Berkeley and the Roman small-town of Dorchester-on-Thames in the UK with the University of Oxford.