Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

100 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park
San Francisco, CA 94121

This lecture explores some aspects of the representation of war and warriors in archaic Greece (ca. 800–480 B.C.): the Greek warrior ethic, the phalanx and its representations, and the popular but puzzling figure of the solitary hoplite. Since archaic Greek warfare was a mass affair where formation and discipline counted for everything, the solitary hoplite is both an anomaly and an anachronism. Or is he? The presentation also addresses the ever-present specter of death and the warrior’s code of honor, with a side glance at his memorialization in funerary sculpture. It concludes with the Persian Wars (490–479 B.C.) and the battle imagery generated in response to them.

This program is made possible by a generous donation from the Elios Charitable Foundation. "Go tell the Spartans ... ": War and the Warrior in Archaic Greek Vase-Painting is Part IV of five lectures in The Eye of the Painter: Ancient Greek Pottery series.

About Programs at the Ancient Art Council

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.


November 6, 2010, 9:00 PM - 3:00 PM

"Go tell the Spartans ... ": War and the Warrior in Archaic Greek Vase-Painting

Legion of Honor, Florence Gould Theater

Presented by Dr. Andrew Stewart, Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, Departments of History of Art and Classics, Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, and Curator of Mediterranean Archaeology, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Admission: The lecture is free to the public; suggested donation of $5 is welcome


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