The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Oil Jar with Paris and Helen
The ancient Greeks believed that female beauty was linked intrinsically to bad character, starting with the first woman, Pandora, created by Zeus as a "beautiful evil." Therefore Helen of Troy, the most beautiful woman in the world, was in her very nature the most destructive. Classicist Ruby Blondell explores Euripides' "Helen" and the magnitude of the task that the playwright set for himself when he took on the challenge of defending her. Blondell discusses how he defied these preconceptions to present the fantasy of a Helen who is a paradigm not only of beauty but of female virtue.

About Ruby Blondell
Ruby Blondell is a professor of Classics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her publications include The Play of Character in Plato's Dialogues and Helping Friends and Harming Enemies: A Study in Sophocles and Greek Ethics (Cambridge University Press), and several translations of Greek tragedy, including Euripides' Medea, in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Routledge), and Sophocles' Theban Plays (Focus Classical Library). Her next book, on Helen in Greek literature, will be published next year by Oxford University Press: Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first served basis. The Cafe is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Museum Store is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 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.