Archaeologist, professor, and television personality, Darius Arya will give a lecture and live stream from Rome focusing on the engineering of the games of the Colosseum. The Colosseum is Rome's greatest iconic monument from antiquity. But how did the games actually work? With the recent restoration of the hypogeum, the amphitheater's underbelly, beneath the arena floor, we can look at the engineering behind the trapdoors and stage props that appeared miraculously to the delight of the crowd.
A Ph.D. archaeologist and historian, Darius Arya has led excavations (Rome, Ostia Antica) and taught university programs in Italy for over 17 years. He’s a Fulbright scholar, fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and guest scholar of Getty Conservation Institute. He directs the American Institute for Roman Culture and its online learning platform Ancient Rome Live.
He’s appeared as an expert or tv host for 15 years on History, National Geographic, Discovery. Smithsonian, PBS, Italy’s Rai5, and more. He’s also regularly featured as an expert on BBC4 Radio, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. Darius is one of the few American Ph.D. archaeology experts on TV today, creating consistently accessible, engaging conversations, matched by his daily social media work on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.Darius works with international organizations such as Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, Italian superintendencies and museums, Italian Ministry of Culture, Museum Week, ICOMOS, and a number of corporate brands.