Museum Home Research and Conservation Excavating Aphrodite


Date: Friday, April 20, 2012
Time: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. followed by a reception outdoors on the Café Terrace
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

In the exhibition Aphrodite and the Gods of Love—on view March 28 through July 9, 2012 at the Getty Villa—the display of objects from sites such as Athens, Aphrodisias, Gravisca and Naukratis highlights the variety of ways in which the goddess was worshipped. Archaeological investigations of Aphrodite's sanctuaries, as well as material found in domestic contexts, are critical for furthering our understanding of this complex divinity. Featuring papers that span the Mediterranean, this one-day symposium brings together an international group of scholars in order to shed light on local distinctions and broader commonalities in the conceptualization of this fascinating goddess.

Guest speakers and topics:

  • Francesca Boitani, Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia, Rome
    Aphrodite at the Etruscan Emporion of Gravisca

  • Vasiliki Machaira, Research Center for Antiquity, Academy of Athens, Greece
    Aphrodite, Goddess of Love: Sanctuaries, Cult, Iconography (working title)

  • Sadie Pickup, Christie's Education, London
    From Miniature to Mighty: Sculptural Copies of Aphrodite at Delos

  • Jessica Powers, San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas
    Displaying Aphrodite in Pompeii: Images of the Goddess from the City’s Houses

  • Rebecca Schindler, DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
    The Archaeology of Aphrodite in the Greek West

  • Reinhard Senff, Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Athens, Greece
    The Sanctuary of Aphrodite at Miletus: An Early Greek Cult Place at the Crossroads of the Mediterranean

  • Anja Ulbrich, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford
    Exploring Cypriot Aphrodite: Her Images and Sanctuaries from the Age of the City-kingdoms to the Early Hellenistic Period

  • Jenny Wallensten, Swedish Institute at Athens, Greece
    In Good Company? Dedications to Aphrodite in Association with Other Gods


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Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

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