Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The images in late thirteenth- to early fourteenth-century Byzantine churches of military saints depict them wearing only one shoe (monosandali). These figures are known from ancient mythology and primary sources,such as Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War. The speaker will elaborate on the meaning of these half-shod military saints to the medieval Greeks. This particular iconography added a sense of instability and flux creating a suitable environment for the contemplative practices of the monks meditating upon them.

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.



Ancient Iconography in a New Context: Byzantine Monosandali and Their Monastic Audiences

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Rossitza Schroeder

AAC members/free; General/suggested $5 donation


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra


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.

Dates TBD