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A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Archaeologist Chris Testa Renaud has more than 30 years of fieldwork at sites in Italy (Rome and Metaponto) and Greece (Athens and Isthmia). She is a professor of classics, religion and women’s and gender studies at Carthage College. Her research specialties include Greek and Roman history and archaeology, Roman topography, the suburbs of classical Rome, and Latin. She teaches courses on a variety of topics, from ancient Rome to Egyptian history and culture. Whenever possible, Chris teaches classes about her three passions: Roman topography, Ancient Egypt, and Augustus.
Archaeologist Janet Duncan Jones has more than 30 years of fieldwork at sites in Italy, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere. She is Presidential Professor of Classics at Bucknell University specializing in classical and Near Eastern archaeology, early urbanism, and environmental history. Janet’s publications focus on ancient technology and cultural landscapes. She has taught about the human impact on ancient environments, including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Gangetic Plain, southern Jordan, and the Nile Valley. Whenever possible, Janet teaches courses about her three passions: ancient technology, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and Alexander the Great.
Writer Tim Jepson is a passionate and lifelong devotee of Italy. Since graduating from Oxford he has spent many years living in and writing about the country. He has authored more than a dozen books, two articles for National Geographic Traveler, and five National Geographic guidebooks to Italy's cities and regions. Tim has also worked on programs about Italy for the BBC and commercial television. A keen hiker, Tim takes pleasure in studying the food, wine, art, and culture of the country.