Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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

Questions remain regarding the earliest history of Pompeii and the processes involved in its urban development. Since 2006, the Via Consolare Project has tackled these issues through the excavation in a city block (Insula VII 6) close to the forum and a large villa (Villa delle Colonne a mosaic) outside the city wall, on either end of a major roadway (via Consolare). This talk presents current interpretations from recent excavations, which have shed light on the interactions between private property and municipal construction in Roman cities, the long-term results of economic decisions by property owners, and the deep interconnections between wealthy villa owners and the commercial businesses on which their prosperity rested.

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.


March 16, 2019, 9:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Weaving the Urban Fabric of a Roman City: Results of the Via Consolare Project in Pompeii

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater, Legion of Honor

Presented by Prof. Michael Anderson, Classics Department, San Francisco State University

Admission: This lecture is free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5.00/non-members


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.