The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

Statuette of a Gladiator
Why did tens of thousands of Romans turn out for brutal gladiatorial spectacles? Most explanations offered by historians hinge on stressing elements of Roman culture that made the games appealing, yet in doing so they overlook the well documented fascination of people in many different times and places with other violent spectacles, including public executions, floggings, pugilism, and animal baiting. In this talk classicist Garrett G. Fagan of Penn State University explores the characteristics of gladiatorial combat and investigates the psychological dynamics at work in drawing people to watch violence as spectacle.

About Garrett G. Fagan
Garrett G. Fagan is associate professor of classics and ancient Mediterranean studies and history at Penn State University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at Trinity College, Dublin, and his Ph.D. at McMaster University, Canada. His main research interest lies in the field of Roman history, on which he has published two monographs (Bathing in Public in the Roman World [Ann Arbor, 1999] and The Lure of the Arena [Cambridge, 2011]), edited or co-authored three other books, and has numerous scholarly articles and chapters in print. In addition, he is interested in the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology and has published articles, organized conference panels, and edited a book studying the topic. He has appeared on the acclaimed PBS science series Nova and on the History Channel, and has produced three courses with The Teaching Company, on the History of Ancient Rome, Emperors of Rome, and Great Battles of the Ancient World.

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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. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 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.