The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, Ocotber 27, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Drawing of Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
In 64 B.C., Marcus Tullius Cicero, the greatest orator in ancient Rome, was running for consul, the highest office in the land. Cicero was a brilliant man and a gifted speaker, but he lacked the campaign skills needed in the cutthroat world of Roman politics. So his more worldly brother Quintus wrote for him a down-and-dirty guide to winning an election. Classicist Philip Freeman discusses this "pamphlet" and the advice it contains, such as promise everything to everybody, exploit the weaknesses of your opponents, and give voters hope. It is a little known text that has survived the centuries and remains as practical today as two thousand years ago.

About Philip Freeman
Philip Freeman earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and has taught at Boston University in Massachusetts and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Currently he holds the Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He has been a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Freeman is the author of a dozen books, including biographies of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great. In 2012 Freeman published his translation of Quintus Cicero's letter to Marcus Cicero entitled How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians (Princeton University Press).

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 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., and the Museum Store is open 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.