Lecture presented by Kenneth Lapatin, curator of Antiquities at the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Learn about how the desire to possess and display ancient artworks is seemingly timeless. Whether in triumphal processions or contemporary international loan shows, statues fashioned from marble and bronze, paintings, vases, engraved gems and other artifacts have evoked strong responses from connoisseurs, scholars and the general public alike. This talk surveys diverse approaches to collecting Greek and Roman art, from antiquity itself to the modern day, considering how and why ancient material culture has been valued, acquired, exhibited and preserved. Tastes, trends, and practices have evolved over time, as have views of what is laudable, acceptable and deplorable. What are the positive and negative implications of esteem for ancient art? What are the responsibilities of contemporary museums and collectors? How might we best preserve artifacts and contextual information that elucidates their various meanings? Through a series of case studies, this lecture explores such questions as well as issues of looting, appropriation, conservation and display, seeking to define "best practices" in the complex cultural landscape of today's world.