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Durham University

Department of Archaeology


Mr Paschalis Makrogiannelis, MA, BA

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Academic Background

I took my bachelor degree in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in the Histrory & Archaeology Department graduating with distinction. During my studies I completed the theses 'The sculptor Michael Tobros and the art magazine 20th Century' and 'The Late Roman houses in the north slope of Areios Pagos'. I continued my studies as a taught postgraduate student in Durham University completing the thesis 'Changing topography along the Gulf of Patras, from the 3rd AD century crisis until the reign of Justinian'. I graduated in 2014 obtaining a Master's degree with distinction. Since 2014 I am a full-time research postgraduate in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

Research Topic

Changing topography & private space in Northern Peloponnese from the 3rd century AD until the 7th century AD


The present study is aiming to understand the transformation of private premises in Northern Peloponnese during the Late Roman and Late Antique periods. It focuses on two large geographic areas which correspond with the modern regions of Corinthia and Achaea.

One principal aim of the thesis is to study the changing settlement patterns in both urban and rural areas. This will give a better idea about the economic prospects of these two regions during the examined period, and the response of the local communities to the rising challenges they faced. Key research topics here are the implementation of the villa system in Peloponnese, the gradual transition towards the Byzantine village, and the progressive shrinkage of the urban fabric into smaller fortified settlements.

Another raised issue concerns the architecture and function of the Late Antique private facilities found in Northern Peloponnese. An effort is particularly made to highlight the impact of the post-3rd century AD social ethics and ideals, on the architectural design of private spaces. During this process, the possible public and private functions, the elaborate features, and the interposition within the urban grid will come forward, revealing a domestic environment designated to cater a great spectrum of primary and secondary needs.

Finally, the research also studies the private decoration programme. Special focus is paid on the aesthetic and religious value of the artworks, to better understand the policies of placement and display. This will further raise questions concerning the symbolic and sometimes imposing character of private art which was designed to appeal to both the patron and his quests.


2017-2018 Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£1500)

2016-2017 Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£4121)

2015-2016 Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£4000)

2014-2015 Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£4000)

2013-2014 Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£5900)


2017 Rosemary Cramp Fund (£170)

2017 IMEMS Small Research Grant Scheme (£269)

Conference Contributions

2017 ‘Private art assemblages in Late Antique northern Peloponnese, through the prism of changing economic realities and social stratification’, International Medieval Congress at Leeds (3-6 July 2017)

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