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Born in New York; raised in Positano, the "Pearl of the Amalfi Coast"; strongly influenced by the cultural and historical heritage of Florence, also known as the "birthplace of Renaissance" or the "Athens of the Middle Ages"; fell in love with (and in) New York; passionate about Argentine Tango, flowers, the sea, and Positano…

… blessed with the opportunity to pursue professionally another passion of mine: the history and archaeology of Rome - from its early beginnings to the late Empire.
I am an ancient historian and archaeologist, specializing in the social and economic history of the Roman world. In September 2008 I was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Classics, University of Reading and was promoted to Reader in Ancient History in 2011. Currently, I am Deputy Head of the Department, and Examinations Officer for Parts 2 and 3.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
I received my Laurea (Honours: Cum laude) from the Università degli Studi di Firenze with the thesis I templi e l’attività politica a Roma nel IV secolo a.C., sponsored by Prof. Guido Clemente, followed by a Post-Master Diploma (Corso di Specializzazione post-Laurea) in Science for the Conservation of the Cultural Heritage, with the thesis La conservazione di opere monumentali esposte all’aperto: i sarcofagi in marmo di età imperiale romana dell’Opera del Duomo di Firenze. I continued my studies at Columbia University under the direction of Prof. William V. Harris and in 2004 received the PhD degree after defending a thesis entitled 'Villas and Roman Society in Central Italy: From the Late Republic to the Middle Empire'. This work was unanimously awarded ‘Distinction’ by the five examining professors, a rare honour at Columbia University.
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The PhD thesis was considerably expanded and published as the book Roman Villas in Central Italy (Brill 2007); it has been positively reviewed in major academic journals and has been described as a volume that will remain an important work of reference ‘over the next decade and more'. In 2010 my book was awarded a Honourable Mention at the 8th G. Boulvert International Prize and, for the first time in the prize’s history, a specially created Silver Medal, in recognition of its outstanding scientific quality and impact upon Roman studies.

Before my appointment at Reading, I taught at Columbia University and the University of Oxford. At Oxford I was Research Assistant to Prof. Andrew Wilson at the Institute of Archaeology (2004-2007) and Research Staff for the Oxford Roman Economy Project (2005-2008) and W. Golding Jr. Research Fellow for Brasenose College (Oct 2005 – Oct 2008). In the Academic Year 2010-11 I have been Visiting Research Scholar at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York University.
Since 1988 I have been involved in various excavations in Italy, Egypt, and Libya. In my research I combine archaeological data with literary and epigraphic sources in order to investigate the nature of economic performance in the Roman world, the key factors in the Roman economy, the exploitation of resources, and elite ideology.

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