The Getty Villa
Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., reception to follow
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: $15. Preregistration required. Call Getty Visitor Services at (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. No parking fee.
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For centuries, the Persian king Cyrus the Great has enjoyed a remarkable reputation. Ancient Greek texts, particularly Xenophon's Cyropaedia, were greatly influential in presenting him as an ideal ruler, while the Old Testament celebrated him for allowing the Jews to return from exile and rebuild their temple. The discovery of the Cyrus Cylinder in 1879 provided support—in Cyrus's own words—for his legacy, and continues to attract new layers of significance.

At this one-day symposium, experts discuss a range of perspectives from which the Cyrus Cylinder and the Achaemenid Empire more broadly have been understood. Papers will explore the meaning and context of Cyrus's inscription, the diverse interactions between the Persians, their subjects and their opponents, and the representation of Cyrus in modern Iran.

  • Irving Finkel, British Museum, London
  • Ali Mousavi, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Gregory Nagy, Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington D.C.
  • Timothy Potts, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Matthew W. Stolper, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

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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

Generous support for this program was provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum's Villa Council.

Planning your visit
Guests may arrive beginning at 9:00 a.m. via the main gate located at 17985 Pacific Coast Higway. Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. and refreshments will be provided. Seating in the auditorium is open. The galleries are open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and the Getty Store is open until 5:30 p.m. The Cafe offers lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., and there is a 90-minute lunch break scheduled at 12:30 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.