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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 Parthenon frieze, represented at UC Berkeley by a selection of nine plaster casts molded from the original marble slabs in Athens and now displayed in Dwinelle Hall, is the longest surviving monument of Greek sculpture. Its choice of theme and location on the building are unique. Although a consensus has emerged that it represents the Panathenaic procession, the reasons for its presence on the Parthenon remain obscure. Why was it included in the sculptural program? What message(s) was it intended to send, and to whom? What, if anything, can it teach us today? This lecture explores some of these questions in the context of the political, social, and religious concerns of the Periklean period, and the frieze's unique status in the history of Western art.

A presentation on the Parthenon Frieze held in conjunction with the plaster casts transferred from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to UC Berkeley and now on permanent view on the Berkeley campus.

Lecture is cosponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-San Francisco, the Classics Department at UC Berkeley, and the Ancient Art Council of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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 27, 2011 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pheidias's World: The Berkeley Casts of the Parthenon Frieze and Their Athenian Context

Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley


Presented by Dr. Andrew Stewart Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Art and Archaeology, Departments of History of Art and Classics, and Nicholas C. Petris Professor of Greek Studies, University of California, Berkeley


Lecture is free and open to the public

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