The Getty Villa

Cyclops! Understanding Homer's Cannibal Giant

Papyrus fragment with text from Homer's <em>Odyssey</em>

Date: Saturday, August 29, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT
Location: Zoom webinar

Past Event

Join us for an exploration of one of the most famous adventures of Homer's Odyssey. In a panel of short reflections on artworks in our collection, Getty staff consider Odysseus's encounter with the iconic, one-eyed cyclops, Polyphemos. They examine different ways ancient artists visualized key moments through time and share their own interpretations of the conflict between giant and hero.

Claire Lyons, curator of antiquities, is a specialist in the art and archaeology of Etruria, pre-Roman Italy, and the Greeks in southern Italy, especially vase painting. She was responsible for organizing the new Etruscan gallery at the Villa, and she is currently preparing the online publication of the Etruscan collection.

Keishia Gu, head of museum education, oversees diverse programming for a broad spectrum of visitors at the Getty Center and Villa, including school groups, teens, and adults. She focuses on programs and policies emphasizing diversity and inclusion, and she oversees experiences that make antiquity relevant today.

Eric Bruehl, manager of the Museum's docent program, studied Roman archaeology in graduate school. He enjoys mythological tales about monsters and the men who fought them, and his favorite ancient hero, unsurprisingly, is Odysseus. His other interests include funerary art, ancient humor, and contemporary beers.

Paula Gaither, graduate intern in the antiquities department, is a classical archaeologist finishing up a year at the Villa with the curators. Next month she will head to Stanford to pursue her Ph.D. Paula's interests include the material culture of slavery and ethnicity in ancient Rome, Late Antique religion, and Hellenistic astrology.

Shelby Brown
, senior education specialist in public programs, is a classical archaeologist who oversees programs on antiquity at the Getty Villa. Her interests include gender roles in antiquity, Greek epic and Latin poetry, and the systems by which ancient peoples marginalized groups within their societies.