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Department of Archaeology

Staff

Mr Paschalis Makrogiannelis, MA, BA

(email at paschalis.makrogiannelis@durham.ac.uk)

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 residences in Peloponnese from the 3rd century AD until the 7th century AD

Abstract

The present study is aiming to understand the Late Antique transformation of private premises in Peloponnese, covering a period spanning from the 3rd AD until the early 7th AD. In order to meet its objective, the thesis is studying in conjunction the urban and rural residences in neighbouring, but vastly different in terms of wealth and population, areas. This offers an interregional approach which was previously lacking, since in many cases the private facilities were treated out of their socioeconomic and geographic context.

During the analysis, special interest is paid on the changing Late Antique occupation patterns. Key research areas 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 topic concerns the changing morphology and function of the Late Antique private facilities most commonly found across Peloponnese. Aiming to cast more light on the issue, the thesis questions the principle architectural features in accordance with the new economic prospects and activities, and the changing social ethics and values. During this process, the possible public and private functions, the elaborate features, and the interposition within the urban grid 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. The aesthetical and religious value of the artworks is especially examined, in an effort to better understand the policies of placement and display. This raises further questions concerning the symbolic and sometimes imposing character of private art, which was designed to appeal to both the patron and his quests.

Grants

2015

Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£4000)

2014

Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£4000)

2013

Greek Archaeological Committee of UK (£5900)

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