Maurice Finocchiaro is a graduate of M.I.T. (B.S.) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D.); now Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (Emeritus), University of Nevada-Las Vegas; and past fellow and grantee of the Guggenheim Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Born in Rome, Dr Roberto Volterri graduated in archaeology with an experimental thesis in archaeometry in the mid-'80s after previous university studies in Biology. As an academic, he worked in university research (Archaeometallurgy) for more than 40 years, after he took the very important position as “Field Engineering and Advertising Manager” in an electronics industry (also Motorola), for about 10 years. Currently he continues to collaborate with the University of Rome II for studies using Scanning Electron Microscopy on metallic materials.
Cassiodorus (c.485–585), Roman senator and consul, served in various high offices from c.505 to c.538, under the kings of the Ostrogoths, who had inherited the imperial administration of Italy. For long periods the Goths’ chief publicist, he compiled the state papers he had drafted, as their regime crumbled under Byzantine attack.
Luigi Bernabò Brea (Genua, 27 September 1910 - Lipari, 4 February 1999) was an Italian archaeologist. A student of the Italian School of Archaeology at Athens , he was dedicated to the prehistoric and classical archaeology of Sicily, particularly the Aeolian Islands , where for many years he directed the Museo archeologico regionale eoliano , which is now dedicated to him.
Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri, commonly known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or simply as Dante, was an Italian poet. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later christened Divina by Giovanni Boccaccio, is widely considered the most important poem of the Middle Ages and the greatest literary work in the Italian language.