Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Sosos's mosaic represented descriptive, hyper-realistic table scraps on the floor of a dining room in a Hellenistic palace at Pergamon. This lecture explores how Sosos used rhetorical techniques to play a game with his viewers, thereby inserting himself into the mosaic's context―the competitive festivities of King Eumenes II's Greek symposia in the 2nd century B.C.E.

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.



Rubbish, Rhetoric, and Hellenism in Sosos's Unswept Room Mosaic

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

Prof. Kristen Seaman

This lecture is free and open to the public; Suggested donation: $5


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Plagues, Pestilence, and Pandemics: Disease in El Hibeh


Round Table: Ancient Democracy, the Present Moment, and the Future of a Political Ideal


Rehearsed Reading of Euripides' Bacchae

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