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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 ancients believed that it was the wine-god Bacchus—Dionysos to the Greeks—who introduced the fruit of the vine and its fermented juice to humans. Said to have been born twice, first from the womb of a mortal woman and later from the thigh of his father Zeus, Bacchus spent his early years traveling throughout the then-known world, sharing his gift to all who would accept him. But how could anyone believe such a story? Could there be any facts behind such a strange tale? An examination of ancient literature and modern archaeological science may provide us with the answer.

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.


December 3, 2016 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Growing Up Bacchus: An Archaeological Look at a Wine-god’s Early Years

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Albert Leonard, Jr. Professor Emeritus, Classical Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona


Lecture is free and open to the public; donations are always gratefully accepted

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