Born in Rome, Augias became popular in Italy as host of several shows dealing with mysteries and cases of the past, such as Telefono giallo and Enigma. His current show is Le storie. Diario italiano, aired in the morning by Rai 3.
As writer, Augias issued a series of crime novels set in the early 20th century and others. His other works include several essays about peculiar features of the world's most important cities: I segreti di ("The Secrets of...") Rome, Paris, New York City and London. In 2006, in collaboration with scholar Mauro Pesce, he published a work dealing with the gospel's description of the life of Jesus (Inchiesta su Gesù), which became a bestseller in Italy. The book elicited many reactions, for example Pietro Ciavarella and Valerio Bernardi wrote Risposta a Inchiesta su Gesù, aiming to provide 'informed and constructive apologetics'.
He is an atheist.
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