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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 Persepolis Fortification Archive, made up of tens of thousands of clay tablets, is the richest, most complex, and most consequential source of information about languages, art, institutions, religion, and society in the heart of the Achaemenid Persian Empire at its noonday (the reign of Darius I, ca. 500 BC). This presentation will discuss what the Archive is, why it matters, and what the Persepolis Fortification Archive Project is doing to record and reconnect its elements.

This program is sponsored by the Scherman Family Foundation.

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.


April 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Shattered Window on the Persian Empire: Rescuing the Persepolis Fortification Archive

Florence Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Dr. Matthew Stolper Professor of Assyriology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, John A. Wilson Professor of Oriental Studies, Oriental Institute, The University of Chicago


Advance reservation is requested: or 415 750 3686.

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