Therese Emanuelsson-Paulson


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Works at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Telephone 08-16 42 29
Visiting address Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7
Postal address Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur 106 91 Stockholm Stockholm

About me

My main field of research concerns Greek architecture, digital documentation and architectural reconstruction. I have a MA in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from Stockholms University and since 2008 I have mainly been working with architectural remains in the Greece. I am a permanent member of The Kalaureia Research Program, working with the architecture and in Kyllene Harbour Project as a survey team leader. I have also worked with architectural documentation at Midea, Greece and as survey team leader at Castelporziano, Italy. In addition to my work with digital documentation using a total station, I have studied 3D-scaning at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece, Harvard University.


PhD project
My PhD project Polygonal columns in ancient Greek architecture concerns the usage of polygonal columns in Greek architecture from the beginning of their development in Geometric time until Hellenic times. The main purpose of the thesis is to understand the development, spread, design, function and usage of the polygonal columns. The polygonal columns have often been rejected as a simpler initial stage to the fluted columns or as an economical alternative. These explanations are not satisfactory since many of the polygonal columns are placed in important monumental buildings in combination with fluted columns or when the columns are manufactured of expensive materials as marble. The preference to use polygonal columns rather than round or fluted columns might therefore have been an intentional aesthetical choice. The development of the polygonal columns does not follow that of round or fluted columns and they must be studied as a specific architectural form. Hopefully this thesis will increase the understanding regarding the polygonal column, since no comparing studies have ever been conducted on the subject.

The polygonal columns have been used in religious, public and private architecture. They are mainly used in buildings, but votive columns appear all over the Greek world and there are some isolated cases of grave columns. The polygonal column is not an element of any specific order, since they are used in combination with several architectural stiles, but the Doric capitals are aesthetically more adaptable through a polygonal abacus and they are therefore preferred. Hopefully this investigation can illuminate if the choice of using this aesthetically different column design might have had a cultural dimension. Is it possible to se the connections between the different social networks through the choice of polygonal columns, precisely as the connections between Doric and Ionic cultural networks?

Prof. Arja Karivieri, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University and Dr. Jari Pakkanen, Director of the Finnish Institute at Athens.

Last updated: May 26, 2020

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