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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 terminus of the Royal Road was Sardis, in modern Turkey. In antiquity Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire and, after the Persian conquest, a satrapal capital of the Achaemenid kings. This talk will survey the city of Sardis in the Lydian and Persian periods, and cover some of the new discoveries and speculations about the changes the city underwent during this profound transition.

Part III of Persepolis and the Persian Royal Road: an all-day symposium celebrating the recent Ancient Art acquisition of an Achaemenid Persian relief of a gift bearer at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Reception to follow symposium. All participants are welcome.

Wine for the reception donated by Darioush, Napa, California.

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 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Other End of the Road: Lydian and Persian Sardis

Floernce Gould Theater, Legion of Honor


Presented by Prof. Nicholas Cahill Professor, Art History and Classics, University of Wisconsin at Madision, and Director, Sarid Expedition


Free to the public; Registration required: 415 750 3686 or

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