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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


This lecture will focus on the history of Queen Zenobia and the city of Palmyra. Palmyra was an oasis city in the Syrian desert and one of the key stops along the Silk Route. It thrived in the first to third centuries AD, but was destroyed and left in ruins by the Romans when its leader, Queen Zenobia, threatened the stability of the Empire. In more recent history, Palmyra’s world famous historical ruins were destroyed by its occupation by ISIS in 2015.

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.


February 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM - 03:30 PM (PST)

The Saga of Queen Zenobia and the Oasis City of Palmyra

This lecture will be live streamed on Zoom. An e-confirmation with a Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Presented by Richard Beleson fellow of the American Numismatics Society and amateur historian and archaeologist


This program is free and open to the public; registration is required

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