The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

The Cyrus Cylinder
John Curtis, Keeper of Special Middle East Projects at the British Museum, speaks about the Cyrus Cylinder, an ancient clay cylinder inscribed by the Persian king Cyrus the Great after he conquered Babylon (present-day Iraq) in 539 B.C. Curtis explores the reasons for the cylinder's historical significance and the importance it has acquired since its discovery in 1879.

This program complements the exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning on view October 2 through December 2, 2013, at the Getty Villa.

About John Curtis
John Curtis is Keeper of Special Middle East Projects at the British Museum, having previously been Keeper of the Middle East Department (1989-2011). Between 1983 and 1989 he directed excavations on behalf of the British Museum at eight different sites in Iraq, including Nimrud and Balawat, and since 2003 has played an active role in attempts to protect the Iraqi cultural heritage, co-editing the UNESCO report on damage to Babylon. He has written or edited 21 books and over 100 articles, and besides The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning has curated a number of exhibitions, notably Forgotten Empire: the World of Ancient Persia (2005-6), Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum (2008-9) and The Horse: from Arabia to Royal Ascot (2012). Curtis is President of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq and Chairman of the Honor Frost Foundation. A fellow of the British Academy, he was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2006 for services to museums and in 2013 received a lifetime achievement award from the Iran Heritage Foundation which he shared with his wife, Dr. Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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.