Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

The ancient Olympic games have long served as an ideal. Their revival in the 19th century by Pierre de Coubertin promoted the values of universal brotherhood and the excellence of the amateur, the non-professional who competed solely for the love of the sport. Since then we have come to understand much more about the ancient games though archaeology and literary history. This lecture will discuss how the first Olympics diverged in many ways from what de Coubertin had imagined.

Lecture dedicated in memoriam: Dr. Barbara McLauchlin, Professor Emerita of Classics, San Francisco State University, and former President of the Board, California Classical Association-North

This event is cosponsored by the California Classical Association-North.

The Ancient Art Council thanks the Board of the California Classical Association-North for its cosponsorship.

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.



The Ancient Olympics Facts and Fictions

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Dr. Susan Stephens

Free AAC and CCA members / General: $5 donation


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


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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.



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