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AIAS Fellows' Seminar: Consuelo Manetta, AIAS Fellow

The different faces of the sky. Floral, astral and mythological representations within figural coffered ceilings.

Info about event


Monday 20 April 2015,  at 14:15 - 16:00


The AIAS Auditorium, Building 1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C


Sunken panels have been used as a decoration for ceilings or vaults in ancient times. However, the partial state of our knowledge of the motifs which decorated these architectural features reflects the happenstance and fragmentary nature of the discoveries themselves. Who do the faces that stand out of the coffered ceilings belong to? How effective was the use of astral themes within ceiling decoration? My project at AIAS will try to answer these questions.

Short CV

Consuelo Manetta is an adjunct professor in Classical Archaeology at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome, Italy. Her research interests encompass different aspects of Classical archaeology including ancient Thracian material culture of present-day Bulgaria, and an in-depth study of the iconography of funerary wall paintings and their interconnection with ritual and cultural issues. Her monograph Painted Tombs of Bulgaria from the late Classical to the Early Hellenistic Periods is forthcoming.

Consuelo Manetta's project at AIAS.

What is a Fellows' Seminar?

The AIAS Fellows' Seminar is a session of seminars held by the AIAS fellows or by other speakers proposed by the fellows. In each seminar, one fellow will present and discuss his/her current research and research project, closing off with a question and discussion session.

All seminars are held in English and open to the public. Registration to the seminar is not necessary. Read more about the AIAS Fellows' Seminar here.