Hints to the Nature of Bronze Age Catastrophe found in Ancient Art

Abstract of poster presentation by Charles Raspil

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Presented at the SIS Conference: Natural Catastrophes during Bronze Age Civilisations (11th-13th July 1997)

I propose that the core and purpose of ancient art was not symbol, but representation. Therefore, ancient depiction of the gods and their interactions could be seen as an embellishment of snap shots of the sky. I have coined the term trism, which I define as an artistic tri-symmetric composition found all over the world, whose propose was to depict gods and heroes, fantastic beasts, and sacred articles in heraldic and confrontational positions. Noting the similarity of the trism's morphology to magnetic field lines, I suggest that these compositions represented conjunctions or interactions of various celestial objects involving the presence of strong magnetic forces. There are ago certain elements within these compositions, the most common being certain star-like objects, because of their resemblance to spattered drops of viscous liquid, I have dubbed spatters. Depending upon these objects' morphology, art historians have usually identified these elements with flowering plants and accordingly have used terms such as rosettes to describe them. Because of their common presence in and amongst the trism, and because of their resemblance to patterns precipitated by electrical discharge phenomena, I conclude that these elements also suggest the presence of strong magnetic forces, whose fluctuations caused these discharge phenomena. In this presentation, I will examine and portray Mediterranean art dated after the Bronze Age, with some emphasis on Greek art. I will show how art from this period actually depicts prior celestial events. Under this rubric I discuss and show, A) the trism in Greek mythology which includes: Herakles and Iolaos; the Gorgon; Athena (and her owl); various aspects of Helen including the Dioscuri and Theseus and Perithoos over Helen;

Herakles and Apollo's fight over a tripod; Dionysius' birth between Zeus and Semele; Herakles and the Centaurs. B) A comparison of the earlier elements of Greek art with celestial manifestations occurring at different times and places. C. Commonality of Greek an with primitive art including cave art and petroglyphs. D. The use of my analysis to solve various enigmas of mythology such as, Athena; Apollo; the giving of epithets to the gods; the evolution of fantastic animals, from the centaur to the Sphinx.