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.