Montovolo Retreat 15
By Graziano Baccolini
November of 2005, Sally Colin-James, a
PhD student at the
Over the course of the next week, via email, Sally told me that her thesis of doctorate had different objectives; one of which was to analyse my research on the Etruscan symbolism. Particularly that which I have found in the lunette of Montovolo and others as the "egg" and the "cross". It is my opinion that these symbols, until now, have been neglected consciously or unconsciously. I had already received many letters from foreign researchers, above all young people, but also some senior Italian students, that thanked me for making my research so available via the internet. But Sally’s request was different in its enthusiasm since it pushed me to explore things in ways even I had not considered. Before my conversations with Sally my explorations were motivated by my own trajectories from historical thinking and studies. But I now I felt that I could share ideas, questions and hypoetheses with a person competent enough to upsh my boundaries of thinking even further. Some questions I found quite unpredictable in nature! She told me the nature of her doctorate was about pushing and breaking boundaries.
In this manner a very beautiful collaboration arose. Every two or three days Sally asked me, by email, questions that have never crossed my mind! Such as this: which do you think about the figure of the dolphin that so much fascinated the Etruschans? Why is it represented how it is in their tombs and frescoes and on their vases? Many questions like this engaged my mind to meditate a reasonable answer and for five months we shared an intense exchange of ideas. Ideas that, through the eyes of Sally, have helped me see the fascinating world of our ancestors, the Etruscans flourish even more to life.
in May 2006 Sally visited
As I have explained in my articles these symbols taken in their totality , they indicate an Oracular Centre and the cross inscribed in a circle points out that the Centre is the most important, a "navel", as Delfi or Delo had been for the Greeks, so Montovolo has been for the Etruschan in the VI-V century BC. Sally has admired all the friezes of the Crypt of Montovolo, where there are again the symbols of the doves and lilies as in the lunette and for which I have presumed that the Crypt was the remain of an Etruscan temple that existed up to 363 AD and that I have named "Temple of the Lily".
the days in which Sally has remained in Montovolo,
and with Licinia (my daughter) acting as interpreter,
I have answered questions on every aspect of my research about Etruscans and
above all about the probable battle for the conquest of the
Sally with her immense enthusiasm and his joy has conquered all of us! And everybody is waiting for that a day when she will return and could remain at Montovolo for many days , to hear other "disclosed " mysteries arising from this mountain and to spread them as far as in Australia and in the world with her books!
Sally (left) and my daughter at Marzabotto
Prof. Graziano Baccolini,
Università di Bologna, Dipartimento di Chimica Organica