About: Mantha Zarmakoupi

I’m a senior fellow at the Getty Research Institute working on a book project on the idea of landscape in Roman luxury villas. I’m also an associate of the École française d’Athènes, participating in a research team that examines the storage spaces in the late Hellenistic city of Delos. I earned my PhD from Oxford and have held research fellowships at the Freie Universität in Berlin, New York University, and the University of Cologne, and have taught at Bard College in Berlin and University College London. In 2010 I edited a volume on the Villa of the Papyri; my first monograph examined the architecture of Roman luxury villas around the Bay of Naples.

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Posted in Exhibitions and Installations, Getty Villa

A Virtual Model of the Villa dei Papiri

Side view of the virtual-reality model of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum

The exhibition Inside Out: Pompeian Interiors Exposed at the Italian Cultural Institute includes a virtual-reality model of the Villa dei Papiri (Villa of the Papyri) in Herculaneum that I recently developed at UCLA’s Experiential Technologies Center with support from the Friends… More»

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      Wanna manna?

      God rained down manna (bread from heaven) on Moses and the hungry Israelites on their journey out of Egypt. 

      Described as white “like coriander seed” and tasting “like wafers made with honey,” manna was both physical and spiritual nourishment and a sign that God was watching over the Jews.

      In this image, the Israelites around Moses bend down to hurriedly collect manna, which the Bible says melted in the sunlight.


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