I got my hands on a PDF of G. M. Hirst’s “The Cults of Olbia,” originally published in The Journal of Hellenic Studies in 1903. Pretty much everyone working on the polis cites this monumental study, and now I get to read it for myself.
Expect much geekery to follow.
Oh, by the way – G. M. Hirst was Gertrude Mary Hirst, a lady-scholar back when it was pretty much just her and Jane Ellen Harrison. She taught at Barnard College from 1901 until retiring in 1943, and died in Croton, New York in 1962. She was “a demanding teacher and a well-known eccentric but was loved and respected” by her students, whom she would often invite back to her quarters in the college dormitory for tea and conversation. She was also notorious for flouting the law by “riding her bicycle down the centre of Broadway.” You can learn more about her at the Database of Classical Scholars.
I may have to visit her grave at some point, cause she sounds like a pretty interesting person.