The Getty Villa
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

Head of Emperor Augustus
As first Roman Emperor, Augustus Caesar set in motion an ambitious program of public art and architecture to glorify himself and his extended family. Professor John Pollini of the University of Southern California presents new ideas about the emperor’s representational initiatives and explains innovative approaches to reading and understanding Augustan imagery. He offers clues to the location of Julius Caesar’s tomb, now lost, through the probable orientation of Augustus’s own monuments, and shows how later emperors linked their grand buildings to the Augustan past with comparable architectural alignments. Pollini illustrates his talk with newly created 3-D models of important Augustan structures in Rome. His lecture commemorates the bi-millennium of Augustus's death and deification in the
year 14.

About John Pollini
John Pollini is professor of classical art, archaeology, and history at the University of Southern California, where he has also served as chair of art history and dean of the School of Fine Arts. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Whitehead Professorship of Archaeology at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright Foundation. He presently serves as director of the Visual Culture of the Ancient World initiative under the aegis of USC’s International Museum Institute (IMI-VCAW). In addition to excavating and lecturing widely, he has published many articles and five books dealing with various aspects of Greek and Roman art and archaeology.

Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests arriving late will be seated at the discretion of Getty staff. The galleries will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light "grab 'n go" dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served following the lecture.

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.