The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Admission: Free; ticket required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating is on a first-come, first served basis.
Parking fee: $15
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Violent spectacle—gladiatorial combat, beast displays, staged naval battles, and public executions—was a cultural symbol that the Romans exported to the furthest reaches of their empire. While today these shows are regarded with unmitigated revulsion, the Romans exhibited much more complex attitudes towards them. Kathleen Coleman of Harvard University attempts to identify some of the social and cultural preconceptions and practices connected to the displays, and shows how intricately they were woven into the fabric of Roman society. She pays special attention to the Christians, who made a mockery of the system by welcoming the most gruesome forms of execution that the amphitheater could contrive. Coleman cites passages from surviving texts, both pagan and Christian, and illustrates her talk with images of coins, glassware, graffiti, mosaics, and skeletal remains, including some of the latest archaeological discoveries.

About Kathleen M. Coleman
Kathleen Coleman is the James Loeb Professor of the Classics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She was born in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and educated at the Universities of Cape Town, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), and Oxford University, England. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1998, she taught at the University of Cape Town and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She specializes in Latin literature of the Flavian and Trajanic periods and in Roman social history, especially spectacle and punishment. Her publications include: editions, with translation and commentary, of two collections of Latin poetry, Silvae IV by Statius and Liber spectaculorum by Martial; edited volumes on Latin literature, spectacle, ancient gardens; and the use of images in the study of the ancient world. She has participated in numerous programs on radio and television, and delivered lectures on every continent except South America.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 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 Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m. Please note that some galleries are currently closed as we reinstall the collection in a new presentation. Click here for details.


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.