The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

During Roman rule of the Greek east in the first and second centuries, extravagant public buildings and marble monuments were erected in cities like Athens, Ephesos, and Pergamon that defined the character of these cities. Archaeologist R.R.R. Smith explores the paradox that, while these monuments owed much of their style and form to Rome, they were probably experienced as neutral, local, or Hellenic.

About R.R.R. Smith
Roland Smith studied classics and then classical archaeology at the University of Oxford, England. He was a fellow in ancient history at Magdalen College, Oxford, a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University in New Jersey, and an Alexander von Humbolt Fellow at the Institut für Klassische Archäologie in Munich, Germany. He taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1986-95 and has been director of the New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey since 1991. In 1995 he took up his present position as Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University, where he is also the Curator of the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum. Smith's main research interests are in the art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. He has a strong focus in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, in Greek and Roman sculpture, and in ancient portraits and self-representation. In connection with his work at Aphrodisias he also has a particular interest in the art and archaeology of the Greek cities of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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.