Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Please note date and time of this lecture: Saturday, 18 October 2014, 1:00 pm.

In a largely arid land the Persians appear to have always taken a special delight in gardens: in greenery, in flowers and fruit, and above all in running water. This talk reviews the evolution of the palace garden, which first emerged as an important manifestation of royal power in late Assyria from the 9th to the 7th centuries BC. Cyrus the Great (r. 559─530 BC) introduced influential reforms in major garden design at his extraordinary “garden capital,” Pasargadae. The lecture also traces the subsequent development and diffusion of his compelling fourfold garden design from the Indian subcontinent in the east to Spain in the west as well as the enduring influence of this design in many of the more celebrated gardens of present-day Iran.

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.


October 18, 2014, 9:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Persian Garden: Evolution and Legacy

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by David Stronach, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Art and Archaeology, Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Admission: AAC members: Free / General: Suggested donation $5


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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Explore the Ancient Art Council: Upcoming Events


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AD 79: When Time Froze in Pompeii


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Rehearsed Reading of Euripides’ "Bacchae"


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Workshop: Cultural Heritage and Antiquities

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.