Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

This talk will present highlights of recent excavations in the Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea in Greece. The focus will be on the prehistory and early history of the area when ritual action developed on and around a constructed and managed landscape. The artificial landscape was created for hero worship and a physical connection to ‘imagined’ chthonic forces and the heroic past. This analysis is based on research by the Nemea Center for Classical Archaeology (UC Berkeley) during the just concluded ‘virtual season’—

an example of archaeology during Covid-19.

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.



"If you build it, they will come": the construction and care of Nemean hero worship

Live Stream: Zoom link to follow

Dr. Kim Shelton

Free. Donations are always welcome and appreciated.


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A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile


On the Road from Persepolis


Deciphering Demons: Underworld Figures in Egypt and Etruria

Thank you for helping us acquire our first Egyptian royal portrait—a carved limestone relief of Ptolemy I Soter

Ancient Art Council supports Antiquities at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.



Last Supper in Pompeii: From the Table to the Grave

This exhibition reveals how, before Mount Vesuvius blew up in AD 79 and rocked the Bay of Naples, people in Pompeii and nearby farms and villages were engaged in typical daily activities, many of which revolved around food and drink.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021