About Darius

He has lived in Rome, Italy for almost 18 years.  From studying Latin and Greek in high school, to exploring Italy as and undergrad, to researching for my PhD, to living and digging and teaching, he has come to know ancient Rome and its empire in intimate terms.

He's happy to share his experiences online, on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Periscope, and in front of the camera- for TV and live streaming.

Now, with greater collaboration, he's able to explore beyond the Romans, though ancient civilizations remain a fixed point, and examine the ways in which contemporary society interacts with the past, for better and for worse.

Join Darius on his latest endeavor, which will take him throughout Italy for the next two months, starting July 18, 2016; get ready to hear him speak a lot of Italian, too!

Preserving the past

Colosseum, Flavian amphitheater, AD 70-80


50 meters


41.8902° N, 12.4922° E

The restoration of the world's most famous iconic ancient monument has jump-started private sponsorship in Italy. Now we need to measure its effect on lesser known/ unlisted sites.




Big Road Trip throughout Italy July 18-September 22, 2016!  Follow along on social media.

Talking about the Colosseum on Travel and Leisure's FB Live July 15, 2016