Historia est magistra vitae …

At a time when we are facing unprecedented challenges to the economy and when most people's quality of life, environment, and security are threatened, it is difficult to explain why Classics and History (or, Humanities in general) are still important today. I strongly believe that it is imperative for us, scholars, to promote awareness of the contribution of Arts and Humanities to modern society and humankind in general through dissemination of our research and its significance to the general public.
Public Lectures
  • AIA Lynchburg Chapter, NC, USA
  • AIA Lexington Chapter, VA, USA
  • Greensboro Archaeological Club, NC, USA
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NY, USA
  • Reading Classical Association, UK
  • 'Valore Donna', Positano, Italy
  • West Oxford Community Center, Oxford, UK
TV Documentaries
My collaboration with Croatian Radio-Television (HRT) started in 2005, when I was asked to be one of the interviewed experts for their four-episode documentary ‘Insane Roman Emperors’ (Ludi Rimski Carevi). Subsequently, I was also asked to be general historical consultant for this documentary. The series first aired in 2006 and was voted documentary of the year in viewers’ choice in Croatia, and was sold to numerous TV channels in Europe and America.

My collaboration with HRT as historical consultant continued with another series by director Domagoj Buric: 'The Croatian Kings' (Hrvatski kraljevi). The 7 hour long series, first aired in September 2011, was considered by the Croatian press comparable to a BBC or a History Channel documentary because of its content, spectacular cinematography, impressive special effects and 3D animation, and a strong soundtrack. Beyond its visual qualities, the documentary is important since it not only coveres four centuries of Croatian history that had been neglected since the very beginning of the communist regime, but it also questions, indirectly, the general disinterest in the maintenance of cultural heritage sites that are important for the historical consciousness of society.
History of Positano
'History of Positano' is a local, independent initiative that aims to promote the history of the town as well as the awareness of the importance of the town's historical and cultural heritage. Famous nowadays as a popular tourist destination, the area has a long history of occupation which underwent numerous different stages: early imperial Roman villa, medieval small town with a strong mercantile vocation and a rich abbey, little village of fishermen, vacation retreat for artists and actors.
I have published articles in popular history and archaeology magazines such Archaeology and Storia e Dossier, and have authored the ancient history section of a historical atlas in CD-ROM format for Italian high schools. My contributions to Utet’s La Cultura Italiana, the Wiley-Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History, and Springer’s Encyclopaedia of Global Archaeology are other examples of dissemination of my work to the wider public.