The terminus of the Royal Road was Sardis, in modern Turkey. In antiquity Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and, after the Persian conquest, a satrapal capital of the Achaemenid kings. This talk will survey the city of Sardis in the Lydian and Persian periods, and cover some of the new discoveries and speculations about the changes the city underwent during this profound transition.
Part III 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.
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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 Other End of the Road: Lydian and Persian Sardis
Floernce Gould Theater, Legion of Honor
Prof. Nicholas Cahill
Free to the public; Registration required: 415 750 3686 or