Sophy Downes is an historian from the University of Edinburgh. Her research focuses on trance-cultural influences in ancient times, particularly between Greece and Persia which are represented through architecture and and art. Currently she investigates ancient Persepolis regarding the transformation of space concepts.
During her fellowship at Topoi she works together with research project (B-1-1) Water Spaces by discussing the pictorial evidence of archaeologic interpretations on maritime imperial representations. Her comparative approach takes this research project`s investigations a step forward by combining the art historic perspective with the history of politics and ideas.