The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

Roman gardens provided more than food and ornamentation; they were often planted to help construct the public persona of their elite owners. Exotic plants from the east appeared as proud trophies of military triumphs and symbols of newly conquered regions. Ancient texts tell of prominent statesmen, such as Pompey and Lucullus, competing to introduce new fruit species and personally engaging in grafting. Such activities provided an important revenue stream to villa estate owners and made a significant contribution to the Roman economy. Historian Annalisa Marzano explores these themes and more, examining literary and archaeological evidence to reveal the considerable effort and investment that went into crafting luxurious outdoor spaces and providing edibles for the markets of Rome.

About Annalisa Marzano
Annalisa Marzano is professor of ancient history in the classics department at the University of Reading, England, and a Fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London. Trained in Italy at the University of Florence and later at Columbia University, where she was awarded her PhD in 2004, she joined the University of Reading in 2008. She has participated in a number of archaeological projects in Italy, Libya, and Egypt and published widely on a range of topics related to the social and economy history of the Roman world. Her research is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach combining archaeological, documentary and literary sources. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters, she published Roman Villas in Central Italy: A Social and Economic History (2007) and Harvesting the Sea: The Exploitation of Marine Resource in the Roman Mediterranean (2013). She is also co-editor of The Roman Villa in the Mediterranean Basin: Late Republic to Late Antiquity and Beyond (forthcoming).

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.

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.