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.



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

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Albert Leonard, Jr.

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


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


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