Circe at the Getty Villa

“Circe” at The Getty Villa

September 26, 2018

Literary Affairs presents a Beyond the Book experience with Art Muse L.A. which has created a specially tailored tour of the newly installed galleries at the Getty Villa.

Join art muse Robin Trento in an exploration of Greek and Roman art with a focus on its relation to Greek mythology.  Last spring the Villa re-opened its galleries with many new pieces on view– actually, old pieces that have been in storage for years. It is a spectacular new presentation of the Getty’s collection of antiquities. The tour will be followed by a Book Club discussion of Circe by Madeline Miller led by Julie Robinson over a picnic lunch. Don’t miss this opportunity to delve into art and mythology of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Ulysses at the Palace of Circe by Willem Schubert von Ehrenberg


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man’s world.

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