“Notes from the Apotheke” is intended to be three things:

  1. A resource for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color studying, researching, teaching, or otherwise engaged with Classical Studies, archaeology, ancient history, egyptology, and related fields;
  2. A space for reaction to and reflection on my own experiences as a BIPOC graduate student in the field of Classical Studies; and
  3. A catalyst for building community among BIPOC in Classics that transcends academic and institutional affiliation, and even (maybe) the digital spaces most (but not all) of us frequent.

This blog grew out of my increasing awareness of the lack of space for BIPOC in Classics to connect, to commiserate, and to celebrate one another’s achievements.

While there are many blogs dedicated to “Classics” and even more about the experiences of being a (undergrad or grad) student, the experiences of BIPOC in Classics is unique and deserves to be treated in its own space.

There are also lots of groups, caucuses, and committees tailored to the experiences of one group or another, but such compartmentalizing inevitably leaves some people out.

This blog, I hope, will bring us all together.


Nadhira Hill is a PhD candidate in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan studying ancient Greek ceramic production and drinking culture.

Nadhira’s research explores the intersections of ceramic production, cultural interaction, and commensal practices at the site of Olynthos, in the Chalkidiki region of northern Greece. In particular, she is interested in using a community of practice approach to deconstruct the traditional definition of the ‘symposium’ and to better understand broader questions about drinking culture on the Greek mainland during the Late Classical period.

She is also interested in experiential learning, curriculum development, and pedagogy, public engagement in museums and at archaeological sites, and experimental archaeology (she has taken several courses related to wheel-throwing pottery at local pottery studios).

Nadhira has excavated at the Athenian Agora Excavations (2014-2015; 2017) and as part of the Olynthos Project (2017-Present). She has also participated in two ceramic petrology courses at the Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM) at the Penn Museum (May 2018) and at the Fitch Laboratory at the British School at Athens (May 2019).


Projects, features, and publications:

Archaeology’s Destructive Legacy: Burning it All Down to Better Support Scholars of Color — The Jugaad Project, Jun. 2021

Blog Post #13: Grad Student Feature with Nadhira Hill — Peopling the Past, Jan. 2021

Black-Centered Resources for Ancient Mediterranean Studies

“A Grad Student’s Guide to Free Food” — Eidolon Food Special, Feb. 2019


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