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Ancient Art Council

Ancient Art Department

Ancient Art Council
Legion of Honor

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


The re-founding of Rome by the first emperor Augustus, begun in the late 30s BC, is usually presented as the gradual transformation of the imperial capital from a city of mudbrick and tufa into one of gleaming marble.  Ancient writers inform us that in this period a whole series of Roman temples were rebuilt at great expense, using the very finest materials; and as a result we tend to imagine these newly refurbished temples populated with images of the gods fashioned in gold and ivory, in bronze, or in precious imported marbles.  Some of the most famous Roman shrines that were rebuilt in the Augustan period, however, were actually built to house venerable old cult images made of wood.  And some of these antique statues were not, strictly speaking, Roman at all.  Some had been brought from nearby Etruria and Umbria, and some came from the Greek East. This paper explores what we know about these Archaic wooden statues of Augustan Rome, and the elaborate new settings that were specially created for them.

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.


September 14, 2024 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (Canada | US Pacific Time)

Archaic Wooden Sculpture in Augustan Temples: Greek and Etruscan cult images in new and refurbished architectural settings: 33-20 BC

Gunn Theater | Legion of Honor + Live Stream


Presented by Christopher Hallett Professor Emeritus, Departments of History of Art and Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, University of California, Berkeley


This program is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid program.

IN PERSON: Gunn Theater, 100 - 34th Avenue, Lincoln Park, San Francisco, CA 94121. Seating is limited and unassigned. Doors open at 1:30 pm.

LIVE STREAM: Please register here to receive a webinar link.

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