Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The Persepolis Fortification Archive, made up of tens of thousands of clay tablets, is the richest, most complex, and most consequential source of information about languages, art, institutions, religion, and society in the heart of the Achaemenid Persian Empire at its noonday (the reign of Darius I, ca. 500 BC). This presentation will discuss what the Archive is, why it matters, and what the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project is doing to record and reconnect its elements.


This program is sponsored by the Scherman Family Foundation.

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.

PROGRAM

Dates

Shattered Window on the Persian Empire: Rescuing the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Matthew Stolper

Advance reservation is requested: ancientart@famsf.org or 415 750 3686.

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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events

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The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra

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A New Look at Ancient Nubia: Magic and Mystery on the Nile

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The reception of Persian Achaemenid reliefs in modern times

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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.

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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

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