Born in Friuli, in the Italian North-East, Francesco spent most of his university years at the Sapienza University of Rome, where he earned both his B.A. and M.A. (magna cum laude) from the Department of Classics as a member of the Sapienza School for Advanced Studies (SSAS). His primary field of research is Greek and Roman archaeology, with a particular emphasis on the connections between politics, propaganda, religion and artistic expression.
While his B.A. curriculum focused especially on the study of Latin epigraphy and Roman history—he conducted research on the social history of the Roman colonies of Patavium, Julia Concordia and Brixia—during his M.A. studies Francesco concentrated his work on archaeological themes: Greek art in Roman contexts, Hellenistic and Roman historiography of art, and the relationship between art and ideology in the Roman world. This led to his M.A. Thesis, in which he addressed the problem of sculptural copies in Hellenistic and Roman times through a critical review of the most recent trends in scholarship and by examining the case of the so-called Rhodian school and the Muse cycle of Philiskos.
In 2014-16, he was group-leader for a research project in Latin epigraphy to update the digital database of epigraphic collections in Rome, and collaborated with the Archaeological Superintendency of Rome to catalogue and assess the excavation archive of Giacomo Boni (1859-1925). In October 2014, he co-organized at SSAS an international conference on the notion of “humanity” in the ancient Greek and Roman tradition (“Paradigms of Humanity in the Classical World”).
As a Sapienza student, he has taken part in the excavation projects on the north-eastern side of the Palatine Hill in Rome and at the Roman site of Peltuinum. Furthermore, he has worked on the history of Roman law, Near Eastern archaeology, Roman religion and Roman imperial art, as well as on publications regarding the Romanization of his native region, Venetia. Email Francesco Cassini.