"My best experience during the time of my doctorate was time and again walking around the ruins of Selinunte in the early morning when no-one was about; discovering the propylaeum on the Acropolis, until then unknown to the master; the hospitality of E&G in Marinella."
"I never wanted to give up, but often despaired at ever the same question: What is Punic?"
"My topic still concerns me today, because so few experts work in the Phoenician-Punic field and for that reason one is repeatedly approached on the topic."
"A particular help to me at the time was that I didn’t have to worry about the monthly income while I was grappling with academic problems. And the encouragement of my then boyfriend and now husband was of course also helpful."
"My most extraordinary experience in a library or an archive was: Not so much unusual, but unexpected and exciting was again digging out early Hellenistic painted stucco fragments from the old boxes, between all the little silverfish and mouse droppings."
Dr. Sophie Helas
Research Assistant, University of Bonn
Born in Dresden, lives today in Cologne
Dissertation topic: Die Häuser punischer Zeit in Selinunt - Wohnen zwischen punischer Tradition und griechischem Einfluss
Completed in: 1999
Photo: Stefan Kiel, Magdeburg