Meet Darius Arya


Archaeologist, pro­fes­sor, doc­u­men­tary host, Dar­ius Arya is just as com­fort­able in front of the prover­bial black board as he is in front of the cam­era and in the trenches. He has appeared as guest lec­turer, expert and host in numer­ous documen­taries for Dis­cov­ery, His­tory and National Geo­graphic chan­nels, and has been cited in articles in CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC. Currently, amidst his international travel, Darius is the host of "Under Italy" in Italian on Rai5 (Italy's national culture channel) exploring the underbelly of Bologna, Orvieto, Catania, Palermo and more.

Since 2002, Dar­ius is the exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute for Roman Cul­ture, leading programs and projects, including field school excavations and study programs. He launched and directs the online educational platform Ancient Rome Live and promotes and leads initiatives in heritage preservation with international collaboration.

A grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia and Phillips Exeter Acad­emy, Dar­ius received his MA and PhD from Uni­ver­sity of Texas, Austin. He is a Ful­bright Scholar and Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Rome fel­low FAAR’00. Dar­ius lives in Rome. He is a visiting Getty Conservation Institute scholar this fall in LA.

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