For a second year, the 2018/2019 term of the Getty Scholars Program at the Villa will address the political, intellectual, religious, and artistic relations between Persia, Greece, and Rome from the ninth century BC to AD 651. The Greeks viewed the Persian Empire, which reached from the borders of Greece to India, as a vastly wealthy and powerful rival and often as an existential threat. When the Macedonian king Alexander the Great finally defeated the Persians in 331 BC, Greek culture spread throughout the Near East, but native dynasties—first the Parthian (247 BC–AD 224) and then the Sasanian (AD 224–651)—soon reestablished themselves. The rise of the Roman Empire as a world power quickly brought it, too, into conflict with Persia, despite the common trade that flowed through their territories.

Getty Scholars


Matthew Canepa (Villa) is Professor of Art History and Archaeology at the University of California, Irvine. He specializes in ancient Iranian art and archaeology.
The Iranian Royal Image and the Transformation of Eurasia's Visual Cultures of Power
(January–March)

Zsuzsanna Gulácsi (Villa) is Professor of Art History and Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff. Her research focuses on late antique Mesopotamia.
Dura from the East: Iranian Impact on the Formation of Religious Arts Across the Trade Routes of the Asian Continent during the 3rd–6th centuries CE
(April–June)

Stefan Hauser (Villa) is Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Mediterranean Culture at the Universität Konstanz, Germany. He specializes in Near/Middle Eastern Archaeology.
Plurality, Segregation and Integration: Transformations of Religious Systems in the Arsacid Period
(January–March)

Mogens Larsen (Villa) is Professor Emeritus of Assyriology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His research centers on archaeology and Assyriology.
The Development of Neo-Assyrian Palatial Art, ca. 850–620 BC
(September–March)

Kathleen Lynch (Villa) is Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Her research focuses on Greek pottery from archaeological contexts.
Athenian Pottery in the Achaemenid Empire
(April–June)

Margaret Root (Villa) is Professor and Curator Emerita of Near Eastern and Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She specializes in the ancient Near East and Greece.
Persia and the Parthenon
(January–March)

Jason Schlude (Villa) is Associate Professor of Classics at the College of St. Benedict (St. Joseph) and St. John's University (Collegeville), Minnesota. He specializes in history and archaeology of the Near East in the Roman period.
The Parthian Palimpsest: Arsacids, Romans, and the Politics of the Ancient Middle East
(April–June)

Henner von Hesberg (Villa) is former Director of the German Archaeological Institute, Berlin. His research focuses on archaeology of Greek cities in the Western Mediterranean.
Architectural Models and Small Terracotta Altars in Selinunt (Sicily) as Evidence in the Archaic Period (6th cent. BC)
(September–December)

Antigoni Zournatzi (Villa) is Director of Research at the National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens, Greece. Her research focuses on Greco-Persian and Archaemenid studies.
The King's Peoples and Lands: The Apadana Reliefs, Herodotean Ethnography and the Persian Imperial Lore
(April–June)


2018-2019 Scholar Year Poster: The Classical World in Context: Persia

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