Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The speaker will address the transformation of Alexander the Great into Iskandar in the Persian epic poems, exploring the degree to which Islamic culture assimilated Alexander’s life and adventures while adapting the character of Iskandar, in a process of “persianization,” to reflect the interests and aspirations of the Persian ruling dynasties. The speaker will touch upon the fundamental and defining role of Medieval Islamic poets in the assimilation and reformulation of Classical culture, showing how Islamic thinkers and artists conveyed, conceived, and reimagined—in words and in pictures—the ancient Greek classical heritage.

This lecture puts into perspective the exhibition, Islam and the Classical Heritage, on view in the Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books, Legion of Honor, from 25 August 2018 to 27 January 2019. The exhibition is free after museum admission.

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.



Echoes of Alexander: Images of a Hellenistic Ruler in Persian Epic Manuscripts

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Roberta Casagrande-Kim

This lecture is free and open to the public. Donations at the door of the Gunn Theater are always greatly appreciated.


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


The reception of Persian Achaemenid reliefs in modern times


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