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Keynote public lecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 4, 2009
Scholarly symposium at the Getty Villa June 5 and 6, 2009

This symposium addresses how Romans and other ancient peoples on the Italian peninsula collected, appreciated, emulated, and displayed the art and culture of Greece to diverse ends and the various ways ancient Greek art was presented in houses and villas in Italy from as early as the eighth century B.C. to the height of the Roman Empire.

Distinguished international experts explore such topics as the early import of Greek artworks, the adaptation and reinterpretation of foreign myths to meet local needs, the ancient art market, encounters between Greeks and Romans at various social levels, the diverse functions of Roman villas, and recent finds from current excavations.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples, on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 3 to October 4, 2009, and the current annual research theme at the Getty Villa, The Power and Function of Ancient Images. It is organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with additional support provided by the Italian Consulate General of Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, and the Campania Region.


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Thursday, June 4, 2009—Los Angeles County Museum of Art

7:00 p.m.

The Roman Home Transformed: Greek Art and Roman Luxury
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, British School at Rome

Free and open to the public. A ticket is required and can be requested via email at by May 28. The exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples will be open for viewing following the lecture. LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Friday, June 5, 2009—The Getty Villa

8:45 a.m.


9:30 a.m

Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum

Session I: Greeks and Etruscans
François Lissarrague, Centre Louis Gernet/Getty Research Institute, Moderator

Banquets, Games, Parades, or Something Else? Ideology, Commissions, and Cultural Interaction in Etruscan Regiae
Luca Cerchiai, Università degli Studi di Salerno

Greek Drinking in Ancient Etruria: Practice and Images
Maurizio Harari, Università di Pavia

Loving Children and the Power of Women: Greek Myths on Etruscan Mirrors
Francesco de Angelis, Columbia University

Lost in Translation? Greek Myths in Etruscan Painting in the Classical Period
Agnès Rouveret, CNRS/Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense


1:00–3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m.

Session II: Encounters Between Greeks and Italians
Carol C. Mattusch, George Mason University, Moderator

The Adaptation and Use of Macedonian Palatial and Sepulchral Models in Pre-Roman Italy (IV–II centuries B.C.): Sicily—Apulia—Campania—Etruria
Stephan Steingräber, Università di Rome Tre

The Use of Friezes as Decoration in Italian Hellenstic Houses
Angela Pontrandolfo, Università degli Studi di Salerno

The Visual Grammar of Romans and Italians
Emmanuele Curti, Università della Basilicata

Greek Sculpture in the Eyes of Roman Connoisseurs
Christa Landwehr


Saturday, June 6, 2009—The Getty Villa

8:45 a.m.


9:30 a.m

Session III: Greece and the Roman Villa
Kenneth Lapatin, J. Paul Getty Museum, Moderator

Dining with Trimalchio: It's Not Just about Food
Carol C. Mattusch, George Mason University

Thinking Eros in Roman Houses and Villas: the Roman Shape of Greek Myths
Gian Luca Grassigli, Università di Perugia

Archaism and Classicism in the Roman Villa: the Case of the Herculaneum Athena
Mark D. Fullerton, The Ohio State University

The Influence of the Roman Villeggiatura on Greek Art
Christiane Vorster, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologie, Universität Bonn


12:45–2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m

Session IV: New Research in Roman Villas
Andrew Wallace–Hadrill, British School at Rome, Moderator

Recent Restoration and Excavation at the Villa dei Papyri
Maria Paola Guidobaldi, Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei

Revealing Ancient Stabiae: New Excavations, New Theories
Thomas Noble Howe, Southwestern University/Fondazione Restoring Ancient Stabiae

Roman Villas Beyond the Bay of Naples: The North Slope of Vesuvius
Girolamo F. De Simone, St. John's College, University of Oxford

Crushing Grapes at Villa Magna: Production as Spectacle in an Imperial Villa
Elizabeth Fentress, International Association for Classical Archaeology


Concluding Remarks
François Lissarrague, Centre Louis Gernet/Getty Research Institute

6:00 p.m.


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