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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


Ramses II reigned during one of the most fascinating periods of political and military history in the ancient world. However, less well known are the tremendous changes that occurred in the realm of Egyptian religious thought during the Ramesside Age. In this lecture, we will explore labyrinthine maps of the Egyptian cosmos and their bewildering menageries of gods and demons, the damned and the blessed dead, as found in the royal tombs and temples of Egypt's Nineteenth Dynasty. We will seek to uncover the meaning behind these mysterious works of ancient cosmology, as we explore the dread paths of the Underworld, which Ramses the Great hoped to travel for eternity.

This program is supported by Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD; Bernard and Jane von Bothmer, in honor of the late Bernard V. Bothmer; and Sheila Wishek.

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.


October 15, 2022 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

"No One Should Brave the Underworld Alone": Traversing Eternity in the Age of Ramses the Great

In person (Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118) and livestream (


Presented by Dr. Joshua Roberson University of Memphis, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology


Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid event. IN PERSON: Seating is limited and unassigned. The Koret Auditorium will open its doors at 1:30 pm. LIVE STREAM:

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