The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2013
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

In the Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound, the protagonist defies the wishes of the king of the Olympian gods and suffers terrible consequences for helping the human race. What is the meaning behind Prometheus's "philanthropy" and his refusal to submit to Zeus's commands?

Classicist Mark Griffith examines this enigmatic play, unique among surviving tragedies in presenting a divine character as the focus of the audience's attention. He addresses the disturbing questions the play raises about the justice (or otherwise) of Zeus's regime and the nature of divine power. While it is unknown how ancient Athenians reacted to this tragedy, or how the story was developed in the other plays of the trilogy to which it likely belonged, Prometheus Bound is regarded today as one of the most startling and controversial of all Greek dramas and continues to speak profoundly to modern audiences.

This program was presented in conjunction with the performance of Prometheus Bound at the Getty Villa, Thursdays through Saturdays, September 5-28.

About Mark Griffith
Mark Griffith is Klio Distinguished Professor of Classics, and professor of theater, dance, and performance studies, at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of editions of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound and Sophocles' Antigone, as well as a monograph The Authenticity of Prometheus Bound and a recently published book on Aristophanes' Frogs.

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.