Artwork, relic of lost grandeur, stone monument—this sculpture is many things at once.Read More
All Posts by Shelby Brown
I'm a classical archaeologist and classicist, who decided at age 11 while visiting Mayan ruins that the past was going to be my future. There's nothing more interesting than trying to see through the eyes of someone who lived thousands of years ago. (I also like science fiction, so ditto for thousands of years in the future.) I have spent most of my career teaching about the ancient Mediterranean world, and in 2011 I joined the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa as education specialist for academic and adult audiences. My research interests include Latin language and poetry, gender studies, violence in the ancient world, and ancient theater.
A look at the ancient Romans' practice of reclining when dining.Read More
History on the customs with a how-to video on playing the drinking game kottabos.Read More
Think city living is a struggle today? The ancient Romans had it just as tough, giving their poets plenty to complain about Roman poetry... Read More