Ingrid Rossellini is the author of Know Thyself: Western Identity from Classical Greece to the Renaissance. She was born in Rome and educated there, and later received a BA, master’s, and PhD in Italian Literature from Columbia, writing her dissertation on Petrarch. She has taught literature and Italian film at Columbia, NYU, Harvard, Princeton, and other universities. She is the daughter of the actress Ingrid Bergman and the director Roberto Rossellini; Isabella Rossellini is her sister. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.