Programs

Programs are varied and include such activities as lectures by noted archaeologists, museum curators, and ancient art historians; exclusive tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions; fund-raising events; and travel programs to ancient sites and other museums. Members also receive invitations from related organizations to attend lectures ad exhibition openings. Your annual membership dues and contributions will assist in furthering the Ancient Art collection at the Fine Arts Museums.

Upcoming Programs

Ancient Bronzes as Art Objects: Roman Collectors and “Corinthian Bronzes”

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

In the late Roman Republic an art market came into being that supplied bronze statues, large and small, to wealthy collectors. With the emergence of competitive collecting by the super-rich at Rome, a novel kind of collectible bronze statuette resulted, well attested in the ancient literary...

The Inhabitants of the Netherworld: Tracking Demons in Ancient Egyptian Mortuary Papyri and Coffins

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

The ancient Egyptian netherworld was populated by embodied creatures with supernatural powers and hybrid appearance, which are conventionally called “demons” or daimones and which function, as in many other ancient and modern religions, as a sort of lesser gods, protectors or genii. In this...

Growing Up Bacchus: An Archaeological Look at a Wine-god’s Early Years

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

The ancients believed that it was the wine-god Bacchus—Dionysos to the Greeks—who introduced the fruit of the vine and its fermented juice to humans. Said to have been born twice, first from the womb of a mortal woman and later from the thigh of his father Zeus, Bacchus spent his early years...

Mummies of the Vatican: Genuine or Fake

Date: Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 10:00am - 11:30am
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Two small mummies in the Egyptian collection of the Vatican Museums have intrigued scholars for decades. Often referred to as “pseudo
mummies” or “miniature mummies”, these cylindrical bundles—wrapped in linen bandages, painted with human portraits and covered in a uniform brownish...

Previous Programs from 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Past Programs

The Ancient Art Council has been offering programs on various related topics and subjects since 1998.