Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The Legion of Honor’s splendid red-figure volute krater by the Baltimore Painter (ca. 330–320 BC) suggests an analogy between the death of a contemporary warrior (depicted on one side of the vase) and the story of the legendary Greek hero Achilles (on the other) at a crucial moment within the plot of Homer's Iliad. What thoughts and emotions might have been evoked for an ancient viewer by this complex play of images? How does the Apulian artist's elaborately detailed painting relate to traditions about Achilles going back centuries before the creation of this beautiful object? The speaker, specialist on Greek mythology and Homeric epic poetry, will address these and related questions in his illustrated lecture.

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.


February 27, 2016, 10:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hero in Tears: Reading Homer’s Achilles with the Baltimore Painter

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Richard Martin, Antony and Isabelle Raubitschek Professor in Classics, Stanford University

Admission: AAC members/free; General/suggested $5 donation


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.