Dr. Bessi has conducted fieldwork in Italy, Greece, Syria and Libya, and her research focuses on the cultural history of Greece, Rome and its provinces. She has taught a wide range of courses in Classical Studies at various American institutions in Rome since 2002.



Ph.D. in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, University of Messina, Italy.

Diploma in Arabic culture and language, Italian Institute for Africa and the Orient, Rome, Italy.

School of specialization, Classical Archaeology, Italian Archaeological School of Athens, Greece.

B.A. (summa cum laude), Classical Studies, University of Florence, Italy.


Courses Taught

GREEK & ROMAN CLASSICS 0804: Race in the Ancient Mediterranean