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Paula Gaither

Black Africans in Roman art, archaeology of slavery, race in the ancient Mediterranean

Paula Gaither received her B.A. in Classics from Columbia University in 2017. She then attended Oxford University as a Kellett Fellow, earning an MPhil in Classical Archaeology in 2019. She comes to Stanford after a year-long graduate internship in the curatorial department of the Getty Villa. She has done fieldwork at Hadrian’s Villa through excavations with Columbia and Oxford. Paula’s research analyzes the depiction of Black people in Hellenistic and Roman art. Through this she explores questions about race and ethnicity in the ancient Mediterranean, the material culture of slavery, and the Roman economy. She is also interested in Late Antique religion and Hellenistic astrology.