David Soren

Regents' Professor, Anthropology
Professor, Anthropology and Classics

Emil W. Haury Building, Room 314B

About David Soren

Dr. David Soren is editor emeritus of Etruscan Studies which is the official journal of the international Etruscan Foundation. He is a Resident of the American Academy in Rome and Director of the Orvieto Study Abroad Program in Umbria, Italy as well as Principal Investigator and Founder of the Lugnano in Teverina Excavation and Malaria Study Program in southern Umbria. He also is Program Director Emeritus and founder member of the University of Arizona's Humanities Seminars Program. He is a Fellow of Great Britain's Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Johns Hopkins Schools of Advanced International Research. Movies about his work have been featured on a number of networks including the BBC ("Malaria and the Fall of Rome"), The Learning Channel ("A Roman Plague" with John Rhys-Davies) and National Geographic ("Kourion") and he has recently had a new strain of olive named after him by the Italian government and been named an honorary Italian citizen.

Selected Publications


Art, Popular Culture and the Classical Ideal in the 1930s (Marquee Press, 2010) - now in press, 150 pages

An Ancient Roman Spa at Mezzomiglio: Chianciano Terme, Tuscany (British Archaeological Reports, Oxford, 2007) - 417 pages

Vera-Ellen: The Magic and the Mystery (Luminary Press, 2003) - revised edition. 250 pages

A Roman Villa and Late Roman Infant Cemetery at Lugnano in Teverina, Italy  (L'Erma Bretschneider, 1998) - 1100 pages

Carthage: Uncovering the Mysteries and Splendors of Ancient Tunisia (Simon & Schuster, 1990) - 304 pages

Carthage: A Mosaic of Ancient Tunisia (W. W. Norton / Penguin / American Museum of Natural History in New York 1987

Studies in Cypriote Archaeology (UCLA Monograph Series, 1981), with Jane Biers

10 Books, 70 articles in total

Areas of Study

Western Europe

Research Interests

Archaeology of Italy
Fine Arts/ Art History
Greek and Roman Studies
Archaeological Excavation
History of Vaudeville, Theater and Cinema

Popular Culture of the Early 20th Century

Courses include Art History of the Cinema (Classics 329), Roman Art and Archaeology (Classics 340b), Art and the Classical Ideal (Classics 300), Roman Architecture (Classics 484/584), Greek and Roman Painting and Mosaics (Classics 456/556), Etruscan Culture (Classics 452) and graduate seminars and topics classes (Classics 596). These courses are available for credit in Anthropology.