The Getty Villa
Daylong reading of Homer's Iliad

The words of the poet Homer were originally spoken aloud to rapt audiences who sat spellbound by tales of kings and heroes, battles and sorrow. Relive the experience of this oral tradition by participating in a daylong marathon reading of the Iliad at the Getty Villa.

Reading of Homer in Greece

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with reception to follow
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: $20; fee includes parking, refreshments, and reception.

Readers of all ages and backgrounds are invited to participate in this unique opportunity to bring alive this thrilling tale of the Trojan War and to enjoy the experience of reading poetry aloud. Anyone may participate, and no special training is required.

After making your reservation, we will send you a passage from an abridged version of the Iliad translation by Stanley Lombardo. You may read your passage however you wish. Creative interpretation--by singing or reading the selection in another language--is welcome. Enjoy an outdoor reception with food and beverage reminiscent of Homer's time at the conclusion of the reading.

This program is presented in association with the Readers of Homer, an organization that stages public readings of Homer's epics around the world.

Event Details
Readers will be sent in advance a preassigned segment of about 45-50 lines of text for a reading lasting two to three minutes, and a number designating the order in which they will read. Readers may select their preference for a morning, afternoon, or evening time slot. There will be three 15-minute pauses during the course of the reading. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some space is available for non-readers. Download this document for further details.(PDF, 332 KB)

About the Iliad
Homer's Iliad holds a unique place in Western literature. Widely accepted as the greatest work of Greek poetry, it is also the earliest surviving piece of Greek literature. Even thousands of years after it was first written down, it remains a touchstone for any student of literature and the human condition. The poem's themes continue to resonate with modern audiences.

Explore the stories and characters of Homer's epic through art during your visit to the Getty Villa, where images of the heroes and events described in the poem are on display throughout the galleries. In particular, Stories of the Trojan War (Gallery 110), features works inspired by the Iliad, the Odyssey, and other tales related to this epic conflict.

Banner image: Sarcophagus with Scenes from the Life of Achilles (detail), J. Paul Getty Museum

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.