Vito Messina

Assistant Professor
Dipartimento di Studi Storici
Università di Torino

Fields of interest:

  • Mesopotamia;
  • Iran;
  • new technologies in archaeology;
  • crosscultural interactions in Seleucid and Parthian Asia;
  • kingship and ideology in the ancient Near East after Alexander;
  • ancient rock carvings.

Recent publications:


Messina, V.,
“A New Proposal for Identifying the Kings Represented on the Hung-e Azhdar Rock Relief”,
Iranica Antiqua, 49, 2014, pp. 331-345 (ISSN 0021-0870). DOI:10.2143/IA.49.0.3009245

Messina, V., Rinaudo, F., and J. Mehr Kian,
“3D laser scanning of Parthian sculptural reliefs: The experience of the Iranian-Italian Joint Expedition in Khuzestan (Iran)”,
Journal of Field Archaeology, 39:2, 2014, pp.151-161 (ISSN 0093-4690). DOI:


Cellerino, A., and V. Messina,
“Terracotta Animal Figurines from Veh Ardashir (Coche) in the Collection of the Museo Civico d’Arte Antica e Palazzo Madama (Torino)”,
in A. Peruzzetto, F. Dorna Metzger and L. Dirven (eds.), Animals, Gods and Men from East to West. Papers on Archaeology and History in honour of Roberta Venco Ricciardi (BAR International Series, 2516), Oxford 2013 (Archaeopress), pp. 123-134 (ISBN 9781407311340).


Messina, V.,
“Apollonios at Seleucia on the Tigris?”,
Mesopotamia, 47, 2012, pp. 121-127 (ISSN 0076-6615).

Messina, V.,
“Seleucia on the Tigris. The New Babylon of Seleucid Mesopotamia”,
in R. Matthews and J. Curtis (eds), Mega-cities & Mega-sites. The Archaeology of Consumption & Disposal. Landscape, Transport & Communication. Vol. 1. (7 ICAANE), Wiesbaden 2012 (Harrassowitz), pp. 169-180 (ISBN 9783447066846).