Anna Maria Bisi

A Phoenician and Punic specialist, Anna Maria Bisi began her archaeological career in Rome under the direction of Sabatino Moscati when she published her doctoral thesis devoted to griffins and their oriental influences, followed by a treatise on Punic stelae. She was a devoted teacher at Rome’s “La Sapienza” University, and before her 30th birthday she was appointed the Inspector of Oriental Antiquities at the Superintendency of Antiquities in Palermo. In 1969 she became a professor of Punic Antiquities and continued to publish her findings promptly and extensively. She was in charge of the Excavations Office at Herculaneum in 1970, yet continued with her own research. She went on in 1971 to be appointed Professor of the Ancient Near East at Urbino University and continued to publish her Phoenician and Punic research. Her untimely death in 1990 was a devastating blow to the interrelated studies of pre-classical and classical cultures and their spread throughout the Mediterranean basin.

Author of biography: Rita Dolce
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Published by the University of Michigan Press, 2004