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Programs for Students and Scholars of Classical Cultures

Lecture and Dinner

  Floor Mosaic with a Personification of Autumn (detail), Greek, A.D. 300s, from Argos; marble, limestone, and glass. Image courtesy of the Archaeological Museum of Argos.

At the Byzantine Table:
Greek Traditions, Roman Tastes

Saturday, July 19, 5:30 p.m. Lecture; 7:00 p.m. Dinner | The Getty Villa, Auditorium and Inner Peristyle
This special one-night only program explores the culinary world of the Byzantine Empire (A.D. 330-1453) with a lecture by food historian Andrew Dalby on the distinctive flavors, aromas, and textures of this distant empire followed by a four-course dinner inspired by the gastronomy of Byzantium.

Tickets $175 per person (includes wine). Tickets on sale Tuesday, July 1 at 9:00 a.m.

This program complements the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections on view at the Getty Villa through August 25, 2014.

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Persians by Aeschylus

Thursday–Saturday, September 4–27, 8:00 p.m. Tickets on sale July 1 | The Getty Villa, Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Directed by Anne Bogart
Created and Performed by SITI Company
Translated by Aaron Poochigian

This emotional story of war, victory, and loss experienced by an imagined Persian court is not only the earliest Greek tragedy to survive, but also the sole surviving play centered on a historic battle. Persians glorifies the Athenian victors, yet humanizes the defeated Persians, emphasizing the universal impact of war on family and community.

Tickets on sale Tuesday, July 1 at 9:00 a.m.

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Studio and Gallery Courses

  Outer Peristyle, Getty Villa

Architectural Landscape Drawing

Thursday, July 10, 1:00–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Outer Peristyle
Look to the architecture and gardens of the Getty Villa for inspiration in this architectural landscape drawing course. Join instructor Elmira Adamian for drawing exercises focusing on perspective, proportion, and composition. Course fee $40 (materials included). Complimentary parking.

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Drawing from Antiquity: Plein Air Drawing with Watercolor Pencils

Saturday, July 19, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Since ancient times, artists have taken inspiration from nature. In this drawing workshop, sketch in the Outer Peristyle and experiment with watercolor pencils and wet brushes. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Free.

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  Mosaic Icon with the Virgin and Child, about A.D. 1275-1300, made in Constantinople; from Trigleia Bithynia, Asia Minor; glass paste, gold, and silver. Courtesy of the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens

Mosaics Workshop

Sunday, July 27, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms
Join Greek mosaics conservator George Karabalis for a one-day workshop on mosaic techniques from antiquity through the Byzantine era. Explore the history, evolution, and conservation of mosaics in a lecture and tour of the exhibition Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections. In the studio, learn traditional techniques of selecting and applying tesserae to create your own mosaic tile. Open to 20 participants. Course fee $150 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections
Through August 25, 2014

Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


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