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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


You often hear the term “great” used to describe third king of the 19th Dynasty, Ramses II. But this brings up the questions: is it a proper description of him; when did he receive it, and was he and his reign really great? Among other roles, ancient Egyptian Kings functioned as the head of the military; he was the high priest of every god, the supreme authority over the creation and administration of all laws.  In addition, he was the intermediary between his people and the gods.  In this presentation, the speaker will look into the question of whether Ramses II was in fact “great” in these roles.

This program is supported by Elizabeth Moyer, PhD, and Michael Powanda, PhD; Bernard and Jane von Bothmer, in honor of the late Bernard V. Bothmer; and Sheila Wishek.

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.



Ramses the Great: How "great" was he?

In person (Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA 94118) and livestream (link to come)


Dr. David Silverman

Lecture is free and open to the public. It is also a hybrid event. IN PERSON: Seating is limited and unassigned. The Koret Auditorium will open its doors at 1:30 pm. LIVE STREAM: online (link to come).

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