Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Dr. Roaf explores possible reasons why the Persian Achaemenid kings (ca. 550–330 B.C.) chose to display only non-confrontational imagery in their official art. Unlike the Assyrian palace models, the Persian palaces in Pasargadae, Susa, and Persepolis do not display violent imagery of scenes of warfare and torture on their carved stone reliefs.

Cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-San Francisco, Archaeological Research Facility, UCB Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Ancient Hellenic Arts Council.

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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.



Art and War at the Achaemenid Court

Room 101, Archaeological Research Facility, 2251 College Buidling, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Michael Roaf

Lecture is free to the public


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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.

May 7, 2021 - August 29, 2021