All events are free, unless otherwise noted. Seating reservations are required. For reservations and information, please call (310) 440-7300 or see information on planning a visit.
Tiberius: From Myth to HistoryTiberius Caesar ruled the Roman empire from A.D. 14–37, yet his own world was dominated by mythical heroes and heroines. Historian Edward Champlin of Princeton University examines the emperor's character by exploring the roles of legendary Greek figures in Tiberius's public life and private dreams. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, December 12, 2013.
Thursday, January 23, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Tiberius to Nero: Roman Emperors on the Stage and ScreenFrom the Renaissance to the present, Roman emperors have appealed to playwrights, opera composers, and screenwriters for their deviousness, hypocrisy, and sheer lunacy. Historian Ronald Mellor examines popular representations of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero on the stage and screen, accompanied by dramatic readings of Ben Jonson's Sejanus and Monteverdi's Incoronazione di Poppaea. Tickets available beginning Tuesday, December 12, 2013.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014; 7:30 p.m.
Tiberius: Conserving a Statue, Restoring a ReputationThe biography of Tiberius, Rome's second emperor, is marked by family strife and scandalous reports. Can the over life-size portrait from Herculaneum help to rectify the picture? Explore the history of the statue and the character of the man with conservator Erik Risser and curator David Saunders. Course fee $35 (includes refreshments). Complimentary parking.
Sunday, January 19, 2014; 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Curator's Gallery TalkDavid Saunders, assistant curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a 45-minute tour of the exhibitions Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor and The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, focusing on rulers and their reputations. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.
Thursday, October 24, and November 7 and 21, 2013; 3:00 p.m.
Curator's Gallery TalkDavid Saunders, assistant curator of antiquities, the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a 45-minute tour of the exhibition. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the tour at the Tour Meeting Place.
Thursday, December 5 and 12, 2013; 3:00 p.m.