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

A Roman Temple Treasure: The Berthouville Silver and Its Context

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

In 1830 a French farmer plowing a newly purchased field near the village of Berthouville in Normandy chanced upon 50 pounds of ancient silver. Dedicated to Gallo-Roman god Mercury Canetonensis, this rare cache of votive material escaped being melted down, and includes some of the finest ancient...

Before Petra: The Art and Archaeology of Iron Age Jordan

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Ever since its discovery, Petra has remained the crown jewel of ancient Jordanian art and archaeology. Yet the dynamic centuries that came before Petra have received less attention from the public. This illustrated lecture explores the art and archaeology of Jordan’s Iron Age societies — the...

Luxury Objects and Political Power: From Hellenistic Greece to Imperial Rome

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

From the time of Alexander the Great to the end of the Roman Empire, kings and emperors used works of art, especially luxury objects in gold, silver, and precious stone, as a means to reinforce their authority. These valuable objects were presented on ceremonial occasions to carefully chosen...

Ennion: Master of Roman Glass

Date: Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

The invention of glassblowing revolutionized the production of glass vessels in the Greco-Roman world. At the forefront of its development was Ennion, who perfected the technique of mold blowing in the early 1st century AD. Not only was he the greatest exponent of the craft, but he signed his...

Previous Programs from 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 2:00pm
Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 2:00pm
Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 2:00pm

Past Programs

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