The Getty Villa
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Auditorium
Past Event

The funerary monuments of Palmyra, Syria, constitute the largest group of individual portraits from a single urban context. Rediscovered together with the ancient oasis city by British travelers in 1751, some of the portraits made their way into numerous collections around the world, while many were left on site in Palmyrene graves. Established in 2012, the Palmyra Portrait Project has accounted for more than 3,000 portraits, a unique corpus that provides crucial evidence of self-representation in the Roman world. Due to escalating conflict in Syria, the project has gained added importance as the sole record of many portraits that remained in situ before the outbreak of the civil war. In this talk, archaeologist Rubina Raja addresses Palmyra's archaeology and history, its unique funerary portrait tradition, and the current cultural-heritage catastrophe.

About Rubina Raja
Rubina Raja is professor of classical archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark. She studied in Copenhagen, Rome, and Oxford before taking up a post-doctoral fellowship in Germany and subsequently one in Aarhus. Since 2015 she holds the chair of classical archaeology and is director of the Danish National Research Foundation's Center of Excellence for Urban Network Evolutions. She initiated and heads the Palmyra Portrait Project, supported by the Carlsberg Foundation, and directs an international excavation project in the Decapolis city of Gerasa in modern Jordan. She has published extensively on urban development in the ancient world, religion in the Roman period, and portraiture in the Roman world.

Planning your visit
The Getty Villa and its galleries are open to the general public from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. With your program ticket, you may arrive up to one hour prior to the start time of the program. For earlier arrival, a separate general admission ticket is recommended. The auditorium opens at 1:30 p.m. and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Café is open for lunch service from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and the Getty Store is open until 5:00 p.m.

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.