Award Name : Balzan Prize
Year of Award : 2014
Award for : Archaeology
Location : Rome, Latium, Italy
Mario Torelli (born May 12, 1937, in Rome, Italy) is a contemporary scholar of Italic archaeology and the culture of the Etruscans. He teaches at the University of Perugia. Torelli was trained by the famed art historian Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli.
He has held many posts during his professional life, beginning as an assistant at the center for ancient art history in Rome (1960–62), followed by a stint as archaeological inspector of the Villa Giulia Museum in Rome (1964–69). He was appointed professor Greek and Roman art history at the University of Cagliari in 1969, and served until 1973. He also has been instrumental in the excavations of the sanctuary at the site of Gravisca.He received Balzan prize in 2014.