Date: Thursday, December 4, 2008
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below.
Please note that this lecture was originally scheduled for October 2, 2008. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change.
Ancient Athenian vases frequently feature depictions of episodes from Greece's legendary past—in particular, images of great mythical battles. François Lissarrague, Getty Villa Professor in residence for 2008–09, examines the fascinating battle scenes on a variety of ancient Greek vases and explains their symbols and meaning. He explores how the splendid weapons and beautiful bodies represented on these vases reflected the Greeks' belief in their divine origins and thus helped to create a heroic identity for the Greek aristocrats who owned and used them.
About François Lissarrague
A renowned scholar of Greek art and history, François Lissarrague is Getty Villa Professor for 2008–09 and Directeur d'études at the École nationale des hautes études en sciences sociales Centre Louis Gernet, Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris. He has published numerous books and articles on aspects of Greek imagery and culture, including the symposion, Greek mythology, and the history of women in ancient Greece. Lissarrague's books include Greek Vases: The Athenians and Their Images, L'autre guerrier. Archers, peltastes, cavaliers dans l'imagerie attique (The Other Warrior: Archers, Infantrymen, and Cavalrymen in Attic Imagery), The Aesthetics of the Greek Banquet: Images of Wine and Ritual, and Gods & Heroes in Classical Antiquity (contributor). Lissarrague is currently studying the role of images in ritual as part of the current annual research theme at the Villa, The Power and Function of Ancient Images.
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