Classical & Archaeological Studies


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Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas

Lecturer in Archaeology


Office: Cornwallis West CG36


Efrosyni is a classical archaeologist with research interests in Greek ritual, religion, and mythology (especially catasterism myths), ancient astronomy (archaeoastronomy), and religious timekeeping. She undertook her studies at the Universities of Sheffield and Leicester, and joined the Department at Kent in 2009. Her current research focuses on the ways in which the ancient Greeks perceived themselves in the cosmos, and how these perceptions may have been expressed through their use and manipulation of the natural landscape, cult performance, the construction of religious architecture, the temporal and spatial organization of their religious festivals, and the composition of myths.

Efrosyni served as vice-president of the Société Européenne pour l’ Astronomie dans la Culture (SEAC) between 2011-2014 and is currently a member of the council of the International Society for Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in culture (ISAAC). Her research on the role of astronomical observations in the timing of religious festivals has featured in the Greek national press, in the BBC’s magazine Sky at Night, and in the National Geographic (France).

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Boutsikas, E. and Hannah, R. (2012). Aitia, Astronomy and the Timing of the Arrhēphoria. Annual of the British School at Athens [Online] 107:233-245. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. and Ruggles, C. (2011). Temples, Stars, and Ritual Landscapes: The Potential for Archaeoastronomy in Ancient Greece. American Journal of Archaeology [Online] 115:55-68. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2011). Astronomical Evidence for the Timing of the Panathenaia. American Journal of Archaeology [Online] 115:303-309. Available at:
Barker, G. et al. (2009). The Cultured Rainforest Project: The Second (2008) Field Season. Sarawak Museum Journal 66:119-184.
Boutsikas, E. (2009). Placing Greek Temples: An Archaeoastronomical Study of the Orientation of Ancient Greek Religious Structures. Archaeoastronomy: The Journal of Astronomy in Culture 21:4-19.
Boutsikas, E. and Salt, A. (2005). Knowing when to Consult the Oracle at Delphi. Antiquity 79:564-572.
Book section
Boutsikas, E. (2017). The Role of Darkness in Ancient Greek Religious Practice. in: Papadopoulos, C. ed. The Oxford Handbook of Light in Archaeology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2015). Landscape and the Cosmos in the Apolline Rites of Delphi, Delos and Dreros. in: Käppel, L. and Pothou, V. eds. Human Development in Sacred Landscapes. Between Ritual Tradition, Creativity and Emotionality. Goettingen: V&R Unipress, pp. 77-102. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2014). Greek Temples and Rituals. in: Ruggles, C. L. N. ed. Handbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy. New York: Springer, pp. 1573-1581. Available at:
Boutsikas, E. (2007). The Orientation of Greek Temples: A Statistical Analysis. in: Pasztor, E. ed. Archaeoastronomy in Archaeology and Ethnography. Papers from the Annual Meeting of SEAC (European Society for Astronomy in Culture) held in Kecskemet in Hungary in 2004. Oxford: Archaeopress, pp. 19-24.
Boutsikas, E. (2007). The Cult of Artemis Orthia In Greece: A Case of Astronomical Observations? in: Zedda, M. P. and Belmonte, J. A. eds. Lights and Shadows in Cultural Astronomy. Proceedings of the SEAC 2005, Isili, Sardinia, 28 June to 3 July. Isili, Sardinia: Associazione Archeofila Sarda, pp. 197-205.
Boutsikas, E. (2018). Astronomy and Ancient Greek Cult Practice: Religious Architecture, Landscapes, Cosmologies. Cambridge University Press.
Total publications in KAR: 12 [See all in KAR]
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Efrosyni Boutsikas teaches modules on ancient Greek religion and science.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 25/08/2015