Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The ancients believed that it was the wine-god Bacchus—Dionysos to the Greeks—who introduced the fruit of the vine and its fermented juice to humans. Said to have been born twice, first from the womb of a mortal woman and later from the thigh of his father Zeus, Bacchus spent his early years traveling throughout the then-known world, sharing his gift to all who would accept him. But how could anyone believe such a story? Could there be any facts behind such a strange tale? An examination of ancient literature and modern archaeological science may provide us with the answer.

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.


December 3, 2016, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Growing Up Bacchus: An Archaeological Look at a Wine-god’s Early Years

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Albert Leonard, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona

Admission: Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted


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.

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

Please help us keep Ptolemy I Soter—Alexander the Great’s general and the founder of the Ptolemaic Dynasty which ended with Cleopatra—in San Francisco.

The Ancient Art Council is seeking your help to acquire this Egyptian limestone relief of a Ptolemaic king in a devotional pose. Any amount will help.