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Wednesday 22nd January 2020

18:30 - 20:00 GMT

Ilaria Cristofaro

A Journey to the Late Bronze Age Minoan Underworld: The Reflection of Sunlight on the Sea as an Axis Mundi


This is a story of a research process. The argument is that the psychopomp octopus depicted on Late Bronze Age III Minoan funerary pottery had solar connotations. In order to create analogies between the cultural and the natural world, in line with Colin Renfrew's theory, observations of the glitter path, or the long reflection of sunlight on the sea, were carried out. It follows that within Octopus Style pottery, similar shapes to that of the sunlight road can be found. It results in a solar Minoan eschatological narrative stretching beyond the seascape horizon.

Ilario Cristofaro

Born in Venice in 1990, Ilaria Cristofaro holds a B.Sc. in Astronomy at the University AlmaMater Studiorum of Bologna (Italy) and an M.A. in Cultural Astronomy & Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UK). Her research interests focuses on the phenomenology of the sky reflected in water. She is project manager at Sirio Astronomical Observatory, Castellana Grotte (Italy) for astrotourism and outreach.

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