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Programs for Students and Scholars of Classical Cultures



Persians by Aeschylus

Thursday–Saturday, September 4–27, 8:00 p.m. | 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.

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Lectures and Conversations

  Relieft of Darius Relief of Darius I (detail), Persepolis. National Museum of Iran, photo by Darafsh Kaviyani, CC-BY-3.0

Performing Persia: Cultural Exchange and Visual Power in Aeschylus's Persians

Saturday, September 13, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Centered on the Battle of Salamis in 480 B.C., Aeschylus's play tells of the Greek victory over the Persians and its impact on an imagined Persian court. Rebecca Kennedy of Denison University examines the complex historical and dramatic context of this Greek tragedy, considering its potential reception by a diverse ancient audience.

This program complements the production of Persians by Aeschylus at the Getty Villa September 4-27.

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Studio and Gallery Courses

Drawing from Antiquity: Light and Shadow

Saturday, September 20, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Create dynamic compositions of light and shadow by sketching from ancient sculptures in the galleries. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Free.

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  David Michaels of the Legion Six Historical Society and a workshop participant

Figure Drawing and Roman Fashion

Sundays, September 28 and October 5, 1:00–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Meeting Rooms and Museum galleries
Join instructor Audrey Chan for a two-day exploration of the figure and ancient men's and women's fashions modeled by members of the Legion Six Historical Society. Sketching exercises in the galleries and studio concentrate on the depiction of figures dressed in armor and draped fabric in poses inspired by classical statuary.

Open to 22 participants. Course fee $40 per session or $75 for series (includes materials and parking).

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2015-2016 Research Theme

  The Classical World in Context: Egypt, download the poster (PDF, 580 KB)

The Classical World in Context: Egypt

Every year since 1985 the Getty Research Institute has welcomed scholars, artists, and other cultural figures from around the world to work in residence on projects that bear upon its annual research theme.

The 2015-2016 theme at the Getty Villa is "The Classical World in Context: Egypt," the first in a series of scholarly programs and related exhibitions exploring interconnections between classical cultures and the surrounding civilizations of the Mediterranean, Near East and beyond. The Research Institute is accepting applications for research projects addressing this theme with priority given to those that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, utilizing a wide range of archaeological, textual, anthropological, and other evidence.

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Bronze Portrait of Tiberius
Thorough September 22, 2014

Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


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