The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium
Admission: Free; a ticket is required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Get Tickets" button below. Seating in the Auditorium is open and on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking fee: $10
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Funerary vessel
Richly decorated with complex imagery and narrative scenes, large figure-decorated vases of the 4th century B.C. found in Apulia (southeastern Italy) served as proud statements of identity. A number depict figures in local dress, indicating the distinctive ethnicity of the Apulians, while others draw upon Greek tragedies and point to a deep, sometimes abstruse, interest in Greek myths and theatre. Archaeologist Thomas Carpenter examines these vases and the Apulian funerary assemblages in which they were found to shed light on an otherwise little-known people.

This program complements the exhibition Dangerous Perfection: Funerary Vases from Southern Italy on view at the Getty Villa through May 11, 2015.

About Thomas Carpenter
Thomas H. Carpenter is the Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and professor of classics at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. His specialty is ancient Greek archaeology, religion, and iconography, and holds degrees in both theology from Harvard University and classical archaeology from Oxford University. He is the author of numerous articles and books including Art and Myth in Ancient Greece, which has been translated into six languages, and Dionysian Imagery in Fifth Century Athens. Most recently he co-edited the book The Italic People of Ancient Apulia: New Evidence from Pottery for Workshops, Markets, and Customs.

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 and Getty Store 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.