A subject guide on early photographs of ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture from the Getty Research Institute.

Created 1997, updated 2006, with minor edits in 2010
Authors: Claire Lyons, Collections Curator and Beth Ann Guynn, Special Collections Cataloger


Early Photography in Greece and the Mediterranean details over 560 19th- and early-20th-century photographs of ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Focusing on Greece, Asia Minor, the Aegean islands, Cyprus, South Italy, and Sicily, the majority of the photographs depict Athens, particularly the Athenian Acropolis. Also represented are ancient monuments located elsewhere in Athens, selected site views in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean, and ancient sculpture. Most of these images belong to the Research Library's Gary Edwards collection of photographs of Greece, while other photographs belong to various smaller collections held by the library.

To search the digitized collection select "View Digitized Works" at the top of the page. Use key words for monuments such as Acropolis or Parthenon, or geographical locations such as Mycenae.