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

Head of Tiberius
From the Renaissance to the present, Roman emperors have appealed to playwrights, opera composers, and screenwriters for their deviousness, hypocrisy, and sheer lunacy to appall and entertain viewers. Historian Ronald Mellor examines popular representations of Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, and Nero on the stage and screen, accompanied by dramatic readings of Ben Jonson's Sejanus and Albert Camus' Caligula, and scenes from I, Claudius and Monteverdi's Incoronazione di Poppaea.

This program complements the exhibition Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor on view through March 3, 2014.

About Ronald Mellor
Ronald Mellor received his Ph.D. in Classics from Princeton University. Since 1976, he has been teaching Greek and Roman History at University of California, Los Angeles where he is now Distinguished Research Professor of History. His research interests center on ancient religion and Roman historiography. He has authored numerous books including THEA ROME: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World (1975); Tacitus (1993); Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995); The Historians of Ancient Rome (3rd ed. 2013); The Roman Historians (1999); and Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire (2005). Mellor has also worked for twenty years with K-12 teachers. He is the co-general editor (with Amanda Podany) of The World in Ancient Times, a series of nine volumes on ancient world history for young readers published by the Oxford University Press in 2004.

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.