Archaeologist, professor, documentary host, Darius Arya is just as comfortable in front of the proverbial blackboard as he is in front of the camera and in the trenches.
Born in 1971 in Buffalo, New York, Darius grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. In 1989 he graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire before going on to study further at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1993. He also studied in Rome, Italy as part of the ICCS Research Master's degree (Master of Arts), before in 2002 earning Ph.D from the University of Texas at Austin. Darius is also a Fulbright Scholar and American Academy of Rome fellow FAAR’00 and throughout his career has taught in the United States and in Italy directed various archaeological excavations including projects at the Roman Forum in Rome and at Ostia Antica.
Darius currently lives with his family in Rome where in 2002 he has served since as Executive Director of the American Institute for Roman Culture, a non-profit organization that works to promote and defend Rome’s cultural heritage through educational programs, projects, public outreach, conservation, video and social media.
"Darius is an innovative visionary and a trail-blazer in the field of archaeology and cultural heritage conservation."
- Shelley Ruelle, Contributor at ANSA English Desk (via LinkedIn)
In the US he has appeared as a guest lecturer, expert in, and the host of numerous documentaries for Discovery, The History Channel, National Geographic and PBS. In Europe Darius has featured as a guest on several UK (BBC, Channel 4) documentaries and in Italy as the host of Under Italy on Rai5.
As an accessible historian and Roman archaeologist, Darius is regularly cited in the press; past features include CNN, Time, The Guardian and BBC.