Is It Any Good?

The statue of the (possibly) very misunderstood Second Emperor of the Roman Empire at the Getty Villa in Malibu.

Odds are, if you are a Star Trek fan, you have at least heard the word Tiberius.

James Tiberius K–…never mind.

But of the Emperor himself, what have you heard? Probably not much, unless you were into Classical Studies. He was the second Emperor in the history of the Roman Empire.

And if you haven’t heard of him, it may be a good thing that Tiberius: Portrait of an Emperor is in town.

He wasn’t the most popular guy Roman Circles. In fact, Roman Historians at the time seem to have hated his freakin’ guts. There was apparently, an attempt by one of his subordinates, to…you know…overthrow and kill him. Tiberius found out about the plot (which involved his wife, who was sleeping with said subordinate), and had a mess of them executed as a result.

And somehow, Rome blamed…Tiberius for the bad times.


In the end, it can be argued that Tiberius left the empire better than he found it. He tried not to indulge in vast, costly foreign wars. He tried to concentrate on rebelling stuff within the existing empire.

The main problem History has…and should have…with him…is the fact that his heir was the complete insane, psychotic and completely self-destructive Caligula (who generated a movie entirely a different sort). If Tiberius’s contemporary historians were getting back at him for Caligula, then I kinda understand.

As for the statue itself, it was discovered in 1741, during the first years of the excavation of Herculaneum (one of the towns destroyed by Vesuvius not named Pompeii). It’s about eight feet tall, and was damaged by the eruption at Mount Vesuvius (soon to be movie at time of this writing). Tiberius stands eight feet in this representation, and has his head covered, befitting his role as Chief Priest of Ancient Rome. It’s a solemn statue, casting a different light on a Emperor who’s legacy is still being debated on the 2,000 Anniversary of his reign.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Just bear in mind, that unlike most of the Getty Villa, photography of the statue is NOT permitted, which explains the explosion of color photos of the statue on this site, doesn’t it?

It’s also a one room Exhibition, so…by all means, go see Tiberius, but make sure you take advantage of the rest of the Villa while you’re there.


PARKING: Better let the Getty Villa’s portion of the website explain it to you:

On-site parking is available for all ticket holders and is $15 per car or motorcycle, but $10 per car or motorcycle after 5:00 p.m. for all evening public programming, including theater, music, film, lectures, and other special programs held after 5:00 p.m.

Visitors to the Getty Villa are not permitted to park anywhere other than the Getty Villa as a condition of the Conditional Use Permit issued by the City of Los Angeles.

No pedestrians may enter the Villa except for ticket holders arriving by public transportation. Passengers must have their Villa admission ticket hole-punched by the driver before exiting the bus in order to enter the Villa.


Enjoy same-day parking at both the Getty Center and the Getty Villa for one $15 fee. Go to the Museum Information Desk to obtain a coupon good for same-day complimentary parking at the other campus.

“Pay Once, Park Twice” does not apply Mondays, when the Getty Center is closed, or Tuesdays, when the Getty Villa is closed.


The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 440-7300

Monday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CURRENTLY CLOSED (* See note below)
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Closed Tuesdays and on January 1, July 4 (Independence Day), Thanksgiving, and December 25 (Christmas Day).

*In preparation for the 2013 outdoor theater production, the Getty Villa will be CLOSED on the following Wednesdays: August 7, 14, 21, 28, and September 4, 18, 25.