The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, April 8, 2010
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Past Event

Augusta Emerita (modern Mérida, Spain) was founded in 25 B.C. as the capital of the province of Lusitania, and it became one of the most important cities of the Roman Empire. Today it is home to more ancient Roman monuments than any other city in Spain, including a large bridge over the Guadiana River, an amphitheater, a theater, a vast circus, and an aqueduct system. This wealth of well-preserved buildings and monuments is explored by Trinidad Nogales Basarrate, chief curator and director of research at the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida.

This lecture is presented in cooperation with the Visual Culture of the Ancient World Initiative and the International Museum Institute (VCAW-IMI) at the University of Southern California.

About Trinidad Nogales Basarrate
While working towards her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Salamanca, Spain, Trinidad Nogales Basarrate dedicated herself to the study and research of Augusta Emerita, and participated in archaeological excavations and management of this World Heritage Site. Upon becoming chief curator of the museum in 1985, she also became head of its research department, where numerous scientific projects and conferences about the ancient world are conducted. She has authored many articles and several specialized monographs including The Private Portrait in Augusta Emerita, Spectacles in Augusta Emerita, and Imperial Cult: Politics and Power. She has been a guest researcher at the German Archaeological Institute in Madrid and Berlin, at the Louvre in Paris, at Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, and at the Sopraintendenza Archeologica in Rome. She belongs to several national and international scientific committees and is an advisor and external examiner at the General Directorate of Culture of the European Community.

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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.