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Programs for Students and Scholars of Classical Cultures

Mixing Vessel with Odysseus Escaping from the Cyclops's Cave (detail), Greek, Athens, 550-500 B.C., terracotta, J. Paul Getty Museum

Lectures and Conversations

  Poet Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald: In Light of Homer's Odyssey

Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Copresented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles

As part of the Library Foundation's monthlong celebration of Homer's Odyssey, renowned British poet and classicist Alice Oswald—whose elegiac Memorial: An Excavation of the Iliad won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing—shares her thoughts about Light as a character in The Odyssey and reads a poem on the subject. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Mosaic under excavation at the Great Bath Courtyard at the site of Antiochia ad Cragum in western Rough Cilicia (Turkey).
Photo: Michael Hoff

Baths, Temples, and Mosaics: Unearthing a Roman-Era City in Western Turkey

Saturday, October 18, 3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
Recent archaeological excavations at the Romanized city of Antiochia ad Cragum along the southern Turkish coast reveal a city that was steeped in ostentatious wealth. Join archaeologist Michael Hoff as he provides a personal account of the tombs, baths, sculpture, and a meticulously crafted 1,600-square-foot mosaic discovered there, illustrating the reach and cultural influence of the Roman Empire during the third and fourth centuries. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Head of Emperor Augustus, Roman, 25–1 B.C., marble.

Dynasty and Destiny in Imperial Rome: The Augustan Experiment and Its Legacy

Wednesday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Auditorium
As first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar set in motion an ambitious program of public art and architecture to glorify himself and his extended family. Professor John Pollini of the University of Southern California presents new ideas about the emperor's representational initiatives and explains innovative approaches to reading and understanding Augustan imagery. Free; a ticket is required.

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  Still from Black Orpheus. Used with permission from The Criterion Collection

Cinema under the Stars at the Getty Villa: Orpheus and Black Orpheus

Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman Theater
Spend an enchanting evening at the Villa's Outdoor Classical Theater with two iconic films based on the Orpheus myth. Jean Cocteau's 1950 update represents the legendary director at the height of his powers, with peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling. Marcel Camus's award-winning Black Orpheus (1959) brings the ancient Greek myth to the madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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Studio and Gallery Courses

Drawing from Antiquity: Drawing en Plein Air

Saturday, October 25, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Outer Peristyle
Join gallery educator Elmira Adamian for sketching exercises en plein air in the Villa's Outer Peristyle gardens as part of The Big Draw LA celebration. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Free.

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Introduction to Fresco Painting

Sunday, October 19 and October 26, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa, Education Studio
Join fresco master iLia Anossov for a hands-on introduction to the art of painting on fresh plaster. On the first day of the workshop, explore plaster preparation and cartoon-making through lecture and demonstration. On the second day, explore cartoon-transfer methods, raw pigments, and painting techniques through demonstration and studio practice. Each participant completes a buon fresco tile.

Course fee $235 (includes lunch, 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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Relief with Antiochos and Herakles

Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity


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