Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Beginning in the 6th century BC, the Achaemenid dynasty established an empire that brought a flourishing civilization to the Near East and beyond. This culturally diverse monarchy created outstanding monuments that reflect the vast fortunes of the empire. The lecture will focus on the fineness of the sculpture adorning the massive walls of the palace complexes in Persepolis, as exemplified by the museum’s recently acquired Persian relief.

Part I 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 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.


April 25, 2009, 5:00 PM - 11:00 AM

The Fabled Royal Site of Persepolis

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Dr. Renee Dreyfus, Curator in Charge, Ancient Art and Interpretation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

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


Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


October 3, 2020, 9:00 PM - 3:30 PM

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

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.

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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