Benedetta Bessi teaches courses in Classical Studies and Ancient History. Her education includes a B.A. in Classics from the University of Florence (1994), a three year specializzazione from the Italian Archaeological School of Athens of which she was a member for three years (1995-1998) and a Dottorato di Ricerca in Classical Archaeology and History of Art from the University of Messina (2002). In 2005- 2006 she was a postdoctoral fellow of the Center for Hellenic Studies of Princeton University. She has been involved in research and fieldwork in Italy, Syria, Greece and Libya and her main areas of research is the archaeology of death and mourning , the Roman provinces of North Africa and the history of the Classical tradition. Her research has been presented in many papers and lectures both in Italy and abroad and her articles have been published in Italian and International journals and conference proceedings.
In addition to teaching Benedetta often lectures on tours organized by the Italian National Trust (FAI), Archeo Magazine, the Smithsonian Journeys, and EF Educational Travels to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and Libya.
Dr. Bessi has recently served as a local expert on Roman religious and funerary practices for a Discovery Channel series hosted by Dr. Kara Kooney from UCLA.
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