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Rosa Motta

Rosa Motta


McMurran Hall 159C
(757) 594-7488


  • Ph D in History of Art and Architecture, University of Virginia
  • MA in Linguistics, Old Dominion University
  • BA in Modern Languages and Literature, Università di Catania (Italy)


Greek Art and Archaeology; Roman Art and Archaeology; Numismatics; Frontier Studies; Ancient World Art.


Numismatics; Greek and Roman Art and Archeology; Material Culture and Identity Studies; Semiotics. Her latest book: "Material Culture and Cultural Identity: A Study of Greek and Roman Coins from Dora" was published by British Archaeological Review.


A classical archaeologist educated in Italy, Israel, and the US. She has excavated at Tel Dor (Israel), Binchester (UK), and Sicily. She is a fellow of the Albright Institute of Jerusalem.

  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2018). “Art Appropriation on the Coins of Fausta Flavia Maxima”. AIA's Selected Papers in Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA). Volume, 5. Pages, 15.
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2016). Myth, Coins, and Semiotics: Arethusa and Persephone on the Coins of Syracuse.. Parnassos Press - Fonte Aretusa. Volume, 1. The Heritage of Western Greece. Pages, 371-387.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2015). Greek and Roman Coins of Dora: A Study of Cultural Identity. British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.). Pages, 350.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2011). Zeus on Dora's Coins. Israel Numismatic Research, Vol VI. Volume, 6. Issue, 4. Pages, 79-92.
  • Rosa Motta, Leonardo da Vinci: Celebrating the Labyrinth, "Between Words and Images: Leonardo's Language," CNU. (2018)
  • Rosa Motta, Annual AIA and SCS Joint Meeting, "Art Appropriation on the Coins of Fausta Flavia Maxima," Boston. (2018)
  • Rosa Motta, 112th Annual Meeting of CAMWS, "Numismatic Iconography, Semiotics, and Political Ambitions in Ancient Syracuse," Williamsburg, VA. (2016)
  • Rosa Motta, First Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Hellenistic Heritage of Southern Italy, "Coins, Myths, and Semiotics: Arethusa on the Coins of Syracuse," Syracuse, Sicily. (2015)
  • Rosa Motta, CAMWS-South, "The Semiotic Function of Tyche on the Coins of Phoenician Cities," Tallahassee, FL. (2012)

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