Dr Marina Ilia

Marina Ilia obtained her PhD in History at the University of Cyprus in 2021. Her main research interest centres on the Cypriot rural population under Venetian rule. Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Socioeconomic Aspects of Rural Life in Venetian Cyprus’, focuses on the family as a social and economic unit within specific settlements. The thesis examines four catastici, the cadasters or censuses of the local population and of their fiscal obligations. Two of them, ‘El prattico dele Marathasse Real’ and the first publication of the letter that preceded it, are related to the population of the mountainous Marathasa in 1549. The rest are unpublished censuses from Kato Koutrafas in mainland Cyprus (1525) and from coastal Aradippou (1536). Marina holds an MA in Interdepartmental Postgraduate Programme in Byzantine Studies and the Latin East and a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Cyprus.  She is currently pursuing a Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law. During her PhD studies, she worked as Research Assistant in the Internal Research Programme Medieval Prosopography at the University of Cyprus and on the Heritage Gazetteer of Cyprus as an Erasmus Plus Placement Student at King’s College, London. Marina is interested in the history of the rural population of the Medieval and Latin East as examined in social, economic and legal documents.