Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

For more than a hundred years the elegant costumes that appear in the reliefs of Cyrus II and Darius I have sparked often intense debate as to who is represented and why. Against the dramatic backdrop of the principal monuments at Pasargadae, Susa, and Persepolis, this presentation will offer fresh interpretations of the nature and significance of the individual "dress codes" that typified 6th century BC and later Achaemenid Iran.

Part II of Persepolis and the Persian Royal Road, an all-day symposium celebrating the recent Ancient Art acquisition of an Achaemenid Persian relief of a gift bearer at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Reception to follow symposium. All symposium participants are welcome.

Wine for the reception donated by Darioush, Napa, California.

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.



One Man's Persian is Another Man's Mede: A New Look at Costume and Identity in Achaemenid Iran

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Prof. David Stronach

Free to the public; Registration required: 415 750 3686 or


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


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.

Dates TBD