This from The Getty:
Keynote public lecture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art June 4, 2009Scholarly symposium at the Getty Villa June 5 and 6, 2009.
This symposium addresses how Romans and other ancient peoples on the Italian peninsula collected, appreciated, emulated, and displayed the art and culture of Greece to diverse ends and the various ways ancient Greek art was presented in houses and villas in Italy from as early as the eighth century B.C. to the height of the Roman Empire. Distinguished international experts explore such topics as the early import of Greek artworks, the adaptation and reinterpretation of foreign myths to meet local needs, the ancient art market, encounters between Greeks and Romans at various social levels, the diverse functions of Roman villas, and recent finds from current excavations. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Pompeii and the Roman Villa: Art and Culture around the Bay of Naples, on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art May 3 to October 4, 2009, and the current annual research theme at the Getty Villa, The Power and Function of Ancient Images. It is organized by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with additional support provided by the Italian Consulate General of Los Angeles, the Italian Cultural Institute, Los Angeles, and the Campania Region.