The Classical World in Context: Egypt


From the Bronze Age through late antiquity, the cultures of the classical world have interacted with the surrounding civilizations of the Mediterranean, Near East, and beyond through trade, warfare, diplomacy, cultural exchange, and other forms of contact. These interactions had a crucial, and often reciprocal, impact on cultural trajectories in both spheres. In the first of a series of scholarly programs and related exhibitions exploring these interconnections, the 2015/2016 Getty Villa scholars will focus on relations between the cultures of the classical world and Egypt from prehistory to the coming of Islam. Priority will be given to research projects that are cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, utilizing a wide range of archaeological, textual, anthropological, and other evidence.

Getty Scholars


Laurent Bricault (Villa) is Professor of Roman History at Université Toulouse-Jean Jaurès, France. His research concerns the diffusion and reception of the Egyptian gods in the classical world, cultural history of the Hellenistic and Roman worlds, the archaeology of religion in the Greek and Roman cities, historical anthropology of images in ancient societies, and ancient polytheisms and material/visual culture.
Sarapis from Memphis to Rome: A Cultural Biography
(April–June)

Susanna McFadden (Villa) is Assistant Professor at Fordham University, New York. She is a scholar of Greco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt, and Roman and Late Antique wall paintings.
Tales of a Lost Art: Megalographic Wall Paintings and the World of Late Antiquity
(September–December)

John Pollini is Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He specializes in classical art and archaeology and Late Antiquity.
From Polytheism to Christianity in Late Antique Egypt
(September–December)

Constance von Rüden (Villa) is Junior Professor in the Institute of Archaeological Studies at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany. She is a scholar of Mediterranean prehistory.
Embodiment and Learning in a Transcultural Perspective. The Case of the 'Aegean' Relief Paintings from Tell el Dab'a
(January–March)

Predoctoral Fellow


Henry Colburn (Villa) is a Curatorial Fellow in Ancient Art at Harvard Art Museums, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Archaeology of Empire in Achaemenid Egypt
(September–June)

Guest Scholar


Jorrit Kelder is Associate Member of the Near and Middle Eastern Studies Sub-Faculty at the Oriental Institute of the University of Oxford, England. His research focuses on Aegean prehistory, Egyptian archaeology, Aegean relations with the Ancient Near East, and the archaeology of Early States.
From Mycenae to Memphis: Late Bronze Age Trade and Diplomacy Between Greece and Egypt
(April–June)