The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
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In this lecture, garden archaeologist Kathryn Gleason explores the glorious gardens of the ancient Romans. Starting in Italy, she recounts the discovery of flower pots in the villa of the ancient poet Horace, whose poems speak of this retreat from city life. She moves east to the monumental garden beneath a desert terrace in the heart of ancient Petra, the famed rock-cut city in Jordan. Next, crossing the Jordan Valley, there is the newly discovered tomb of Herod the Great, surrounded by gardens. Finally, she returns to Italy, where the tragedy of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which preserved the remains of the Villa of the Papyri, has just revealed another monumental garden at ancient Stabia. Here, Gleason and her team work to develop further scientific methods that help us to understand this exciting new garden, the first that appears to be like those in the beautiful garden paintings enjoyed by Romans on the walls of their villas.


About Kathryn Gleason
Kathryn Gleason is an archaeologist and associate professor in the department of landscape architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Over the last 30 years she has applied her knowledge of landscape architecture and archaeology to the ancient gardens and designed landscapes of the Roman world. She is currently working on monumental gardens: the Petra Garden and Pool Project in Petra, Jordan and the Villa Arianne in Stabia, near Pompeii, Italy, but is also well known for her work on the Porticus of Pompey in Rome (an early public park), the gardens of the palaces of Herod the Great, and the villa of the poet Horace at Licenza, Italy. Co-editor of The Archaeology of Garden and Field (1994) with Naomi F. Miller, she is the executive editor of the late Wilhelmina Jashemski's ambitious project, Gardens of the Roman Empire, to be published by Cambridge University Press in the coming months.


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.