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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 state of the heavens as indicative of the fortunes and misfortunes of humankind is an ancient system rooted in Babylonia and cuneiform scientific culture. From the second century BCE, this Babylonian astral science spread west to Egypt, Greece and Rome, and east to India, eventually transforming within the Greco-Roman world into one of, if not the centrally important premodern science. This lecture will summarize the history of Babylonian astrology and its relevance for the history of science.

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 9, 2023 at 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (PDT)

Babylonian Astrology and the History of Science

Gunn Theater | Legion of Honor + Live Stream


Presented by Dr. Francesca Rochberg, Catherine and William L. Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and Office for the History of Science and Technology and Graduate Group in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley


Lecture 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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