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Potions and Poisons: Classical Ancestors of the Wicked Witch, Part 2

Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea, detail of illuminated manuscript, ca 1415. J. Paul Getty Museum
Creusa Receiving the Burning Jewelry from Medea, detail of illuminated manuscript, ca 1415. J. Paul Getty Museum

Meet the formidable proto-witch, Medea. More»

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Potions and Poisons: Classical Ancestors of the Wicked Witch

Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680
Vessel with Leda and the Swan; Attributed to Painter of Louvre MNB 1148 (Greek (Apulian), active 350 - 330 B.C.); Apulia, South Italy; about 330 B.C.; Terracotta; 90.2 x 26 cm (35 1/2 x 10 1/4 in.); 86.AE.680

The curious evolution of the witch in ancient literature. More»

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No Pain, No Rogaine: Hair Loss and Hairstyle in Ancient Rome

Bust of a Flavian Woman / Roman
Bust of a Flavian Woman, Roman, late 1st century. Marble, 26 ¾ in. high. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 73.AA.13

Hairy adventures of the ancient Romans. More»

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Classicist Edith Hall on Ancient Conflict Resolution, Robots, and Why Knowing Greek History Would Make the World a Better Place

© Michael Wharley Photography 2013

“I would like to teach every young person some bits of Homer, Greek drama, Plato, Aristotle, Livy and Tacitus. The world would be a better place.” More»

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15 Deathiest Objects at the Getty Villa

Roman Miniature Posable Skeleton

A death-themed tour of the Getty Villa collection. More»

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The Fine Art of Feasting in Roman Gaul

Pompeiian wall painting depicting autumn produce / Roman, A.D. 70
Wall painting from Pompeii (around A.D. 70) depicting autumn produce, grapes, apples, and pomegranates overflowing a large glass bowl, next to a tilting amphora and a terracotta pot of preserved fruit

A taste of mealtime in ancient France. More»

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Power in a Mummy Portrait

Mummy Portrait of Isidora / Isidora Master
Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), about A.D. 100–110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Linen, pigment, and gold; encaustic on wood, 18 7/8 x 14 3/16. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 81.AP.42

This woman is still beautiful and self-assured, 2,000 years after her portrait was painted. More»

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The Christian Empire that Grew from Classical Roots

Head of Aphrodite, A.D. 1–100, Roman, made in Athens, Greece. Marble, 15 3/4 in. high. National Archaeological Museum, Athens. Image courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum, Athens
National Archaeological Museum, Athens

Explore the Getty Villa’s summer exhibition “Heaven and Earth” through one of its most compelling masterpieces. More»

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Beware the Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March / Julius Caesar
Consult a good soothsayer before heading out this weekend. Artwork: Portrait of Julius Caesar (detail) from the Forum of Trajan, Rome. National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Inv. 6038. Photo: S. Sosnovskiy, 2008

If the sacrificial liver looks bad, stay home…and other soothsaying wisdom from ancient Rome. More»

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If Statues Could Talk…

Statue of Tiberius in the Men's gallery at the Getty Villa / Roman
Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Napoli e Pompei – Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, Laboratorio di Conservazione e Restauro

There’s a new emperor in town—an 8-foot-tall bronze Tiberius, to be exact. More»

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