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EXHIBITION

  Lion Attacking an Onager (detail) Lion Attacking an Onager (detail), A.D. 150–200, Hadrumetum, (now Tunisia), stone and glass. The J. Paul Getty Museum

Roman Mosaics across the Empire

Extended through January 1, 2018 | The Getty Villa
This exhibition presents the artistry of mosaics as well as the contexts of their discovery across Rome's expanding empire—from its center in Italy to provinces in North Africa, southern Gaul, and ancient Syria.

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TALKS

  The pyramidal top on Los Angeles City Hall (right) is modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, as depicted in this 19th-century painting by Ferdinand Knab (left, detail). The pyramidal top on Los Angeles City Hall (right) is modeled after the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, as depicted in this 19th-century painting by Ferdinand Knab (left, detail).

Rediscovering the Classical Tradition in Southern California

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Art historian Peter Holliday explores how Californians adapted the art, architecture, and garden design of ancient Greece and Rome to shape the Los Angeles landscape and realize the dream of an idealized lifestyle. This program is co-presented with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Courtesy Yale University Art Gallery, Dura-Europos Excavation Archive

Death in the Dark: Combat and Chemical Warfare at Roman Dura-Europos, Syria

Saturday, October 15, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Archaeologist Simon James presents evidence of a ferocious battle at the ancient city of Dura-Europos, Syria, in A.D. 256 and suggests an early form of chemical warfare was used against the Roman defenders. This program is co-presented with the Archaeological Institute of America, the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Fragment of a Funerary Stele Fragment of a Funerary Stele (detail), A.D. 200–250, Roman (Palmyran). Marble. The J. Paul Getty Museum

The Palmyra Portrait Project: Preserving Cultural Heritage in a Time of Conflict

Saturday, October 22, 2:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Archaeologist Rubina Raja speaks about the ancient city of Palmyra, Syria, examining its archaeology, history, and unique funerary portrait tradition dating to the Roman period. Her international Palmyra Portrait Project seeks to document more than 3,000 sculptures, part of this oasis city's unique cultural heritage, which is currently at risk from the Syrian Civil War. Free; advance ticket required.

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  Detail of one of two small mummies in the Vatican Museums' Egyptian collection recently analyzed using 3D CT scans, X-rays, DNA tests and infrared and ultraviolet light. Detail of one of two small mummies in the Vatican Museums' Egyptian collection recently analyzed using 3D CT scans, X-rays, DNA tests and infrared and ultraviolet light.

Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake?

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Two small mummies in the Vatican Museums' Egyptian collection have intrigued scholars for decades. Often called "pseudo-mummies" due to their unusual appearance, they were believed to be ancient and contain the remains of either small children or animals. Alessia Amenta, curator and director of the Vatican Mummy Project, shares recent scientific analysis revealing a new interpretation of these curious objects. Free; advance ticket required.

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PERFORMANCE

  Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy Troubadour Theater Company. Photo: Craig Schwartz

Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy

Thursdays–Saturdays, through October 1, 8:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Slapstick, improvisation, comedic timing, mayhem, high-concept scheming—it sounds like a TV sitcom, but it's what you'll find at the annual outdoor classical theater production at the Getty Villa. Haunted House Party, A Roman Comedy, based on Plautus's Mostellaria, is produced by the Getty Museum and the Troubador Theater Company (aka "The Troubies"), a beloved Los Angeles institution. Tickets $40–48.

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FILM

  Monty Python's

Cinema under the Stars: Monty Python's "Life of Brian"

Friday, October 7, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
This 1979 classic approaches biblical history with a hilarious twist. Featuring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Directed by Terry Jones. English, 1979, 94 minutes. Tickets $5.

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  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Cinema under the Stars: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
An uproarious rendition of an ancient Roman comedy by Plautus. Featuring Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers, and Buster Keaton. Directed by Richard Lester. American, 1966, 99 minutes. Tickets $5.

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COURSES

  Gorgoneion Applique Gorgoneion Applique (detail), Greek, about 300–275 B.C. Silver with gilding. The J. Paul Getty Museum, gift of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischman

Metal Embossing and Repoussé Workshop

Sunday, October 2, 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Create an original relief sculpture on a sheet of metal in this introductory level metalworking workshop. Course fee $125 (includes materials and lunch). Complimentary parking.

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Drawing from Antiquity: Figure Drawing and Roman Fashion

Saturday, October 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m. | The Getty Villa
As part of The Big Draw LA celebration, practice figure drawing in the Outdoor Classical Theater as members of Legion Six Historical Society model ancient Roman dress. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. This is a free, drop-in program.

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  culinary workshop participants



Culinary Workshop: Dining with the Gods

Friday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | The Getty Villa
Join chef and art historian Robin Trento for a feast fit for the Olympian gods! Explore Greco-Roman mythology and learn about the sumptuous feasts enjoyed at Roman villas through a tour of the galleries and grounds of the Getty Villa. Then prepare recipes inspired by the gods, goddesses, and ancient feasting. Course fee $95. Complimentary parking.

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PUBLICATION

  Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome

Household Gods: Private Devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome

Alexandra Sofroniew
Showcasing the stunning collection of statuettes in the Getty Villa, this book explores the spiritual beliefs and religious practices of antiquity. Compelling representations of private devotion, these objects express personal ways of worshiping that are still familiar to us today.

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The Getty Villa is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. Public and scholarly programs at the Villa include lectures, seminars, workshops, and symposia, and complement the interdisciplinary activities of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation. The permanent collections of the Museum and the Research Institute, changing exhibitions, the annual scholar research theme, conservation issues, theater productions, and research projects inspire programs for scholars, students, specialized professionals, and general audiences.

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