Born and raised in Italy, educated in Australia and in the Netherlands, and recently arrived in Oxford, I have always been a keen observer of multiculturalism and the ways in which people react to the exposure to different cultures.
How does cultural exchange work? What is the relationship between culture and objects? And how do we relate all this to the development of identity? These are just some of the questions which I formulated as a response to my own experiences and which I have translated into the study of antiquity. Why, one may ask, would you want to investigate those topics in the ancient world? Why not simply focus on the present? For me the answer is simple. Being exposed from a young age to the Roman past, part and parcel of my Italian heritage, I was aware of the longstanding connection between us and “them”. Thus, it only makes sense to study the past as a way to acquire a better grasp of contemporary issues. After all, themes of multiculturalism, cultural exchange and identity formation are not typically modern. They interest us as much as those who came before us. Perhaps, once again, they could teach us something new.
In addition to my passion for the ancient world, I usually spend my free time listening to Baroque Opera, reading, visiting museums and, if the weather allows it, roaming the Italian countryside looking for unexplored archaeological sites.