The Mission of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy is to promote interdisciplinary education and research in the archaeology and visual culture of ancient Italy from the Bronze Age through the fifth century C.E. Based in the Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts of the University of Texas at Austin, the Center serves as an innovative focal point for the study of the ancient cultures of Italy. By supporting undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral studies—with emphasis on both teaching and research—the Center promotes an increased awareness of ancient Italy’s rich and often endangered cultural resources.

The goals for the Center are to:

  • Advance education, knowledge and understanding of the art, architecture, and material culture of ancient Italy
  • Advocate awareness and preservation of the cultural heritage of ancient Italy
  • Conduct and facilitate archaeological research in Italy
  • Create an active program of exchange among scholars nationally and internationally through lectures, symposia, exhibitions, and publications
  • Promote the understanding of ancient Italy through the digital humanities
  • Establish dynamic and lasting relationships with other centers in the United States and abroad