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

New Rituals, New Religion? Death's Dominion during the Copper Age of the Southern Levant

Date: Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Can archaeologists recognize prehistoric religious belief and practice? This lecture examines elaborate new rituals surrounding death and the disposal of the human body during the Chalcolithic period (ca. 4500─3600 BC). This era of dramatic change offers insights into the profound ritual...

Oral Poetry and Aural Patterns: On Zoroaster's Poetry and Religion

Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

The poetry of Zoroaster, among the oldest and the most elaborate of Indo-European literature, was orally composed and for centuries orally transmitted until it was committed to writing. It contains fascinating parallels with visual phenomena (including mandala-like structures), some of which are...

On How the Ancient World Became Connected

Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm
Location: Florence Gould Theater Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

From our perspective, antiquity might seem to be a collection of disjointed civilizations, each isolated and only in contact with their immediate neighbors. This lecture aims to show how some of the important civilizations from the second millennium BC to the first millennium AD came into...

Previous Programs from 2014

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 1:00pm
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 2:00pm

Past Programs

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