The Iliad at the Getty Villa
Los Angeles, California, April 30, 2011
In 2011 The Readers collaborated with the J. Paul Getty Museum to mount a reading of the Iliad at the Getty Villa. Modeled on the Villa dei Papyri, a first-century Roman summer home in the ancient town of Herculaneum, and housing the Museum’s antiquities collection, the Villa offered an ideal location for a reading. We were honored to host Stanley Lombardo, whose acclaimed translation of the Iliad was used as our text.
Having composed my translations of Homer both as poetry on the printed page and, in the spirit of the original poems, as a script for performance, it was with a feeling of great fulfillment that I heard my translation of the Iliad read aloud by nearly a hundred enthusiastic participants (myself among them) presented by The Readers of Homer at the Getty Villa this past spring…Homer's own presence was palpable both in the setting and in the voices of the readers, young and old and from all walks of life, as they lifted the great song once more in our time.
- Prof. Stanley Lombardo, University of Kansas