The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Limit 4 tickets per person. Seating is first come, first served. Parking fee: $15.
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Detail: Persepolis Relief
The Achaemenid Persian Empire (about 550-330 B.C.) was vast, incorporating thousands of miles and many different cultures. Before rapid transit or instant communication, how were affairs of governance conducted in a sociopolitical entity this size? Textual, visual, and archaeological materials reveal some of the intricate and sophisticated ways this empire governed its people and the ways those individuals and cultures responded to imperial presence. Archaeologist Elspeth Dusinberre examines government archives, palaces adorned with relief sculptures, food, alcohol, gender relations, mortuary remains, communication systems, and even the original Pony Express, to illuminate how this empire, founded by Cyrus the Great, functioned. Co-presented with the Archaeological Institute of America.

This program complements the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning on view October 2 through December 2, 2013, at the Getty Villa.

About Elspeth Dusinberre
Elspeth Dusinberre is associate professor of classics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests focus on the cultural interactions in Anatolia, particularly in the ways in which the Achaemenid Empire affected local social structures and in the give-and-take between Achaemenid and other cultures. Her book, Aspects of Empire in Achaemenid Sardis (Cambridge 2003), examines such issues from the vantage of the Lydian capital, while her latest book, Empire, Authority, and Autonomy in Achaemenid Anatolia (Cambridge 2013) considers all of Anatolia and proposes a new model for understanding imperialism in general. She is currently studying the seal impressions on the Aramaic tablets of the Persepolis Fortification Archive (dating ca. 500 B.C.), and the cremation burials from Gordion. She has worked at Sardis, Gordion, and Kerkenes Dağ in Turkey, as well as at sites elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.