Research: Early-Byzantine architecture in Albania: from the end of the 4th to the start of the 7th century
Barbara Alastra was born in Rome in 1994. In 2018 she obtained a three-year degree in Historical-Artistic Studies at the University of Rome "La Sapienza", discussing a thesis in History of Byzantine art entitled "The mosaics of the chapel in the amphitheater of Durres (Albania): a re-reading of the iconographic context” (supervisor: Prof. Alessandra Guiglia). In 2021 she obtained a master's degree in History of Art from the same university with honors. For her degree thesis she expanded her original research to include the entire city of Durres: "The western gate of the Eastern Roman Empire: the city of Durres in the early-Byzantine era" (supervisor: Prof. Alessandro Taddei; co-supervisors: Prof. Roberta Belli and Prof. Lida Miraj). In the a.y. 2016/2017 she carried out an internship at the State High School “A. Meucci” of Aprilia (LT). During her training she obtained a scholarship at the Didactic Secretariat of the SARAS department (a.y. 2018/2019). In the a.y. 2021/2022 she obtained a 1st level University Master in Historical-linguistic and Latin disciplines. She is subject expert in the History of Byzantine Art (L-ART/01) for the a.y. 2022/2023 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She is currently registered in the XXXVIII cycle of the Doctorate in History of Art: her research, entitled "Early-Byzantine architecture in Albania: from the end of the 4th to the start of the 7th century", aims to deepen the knowledge of the architectural heritage of an important area of the Balkan peninsula.