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An octagonal votive column in Delphi
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1769-4128
2022 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Upon walking toward the entrance of the archaeological site in Delphi, one can today see three drums from an octagonal column of small dimensions. Even if the excavation circumstances of this column remain unpublished, the construction technique and the reconstruction of the column indicate that it has been an Archaic votive column. Polygonal columns are found in Greek architecture from the Geometric period and throughout the Archaic period, during the period when local architectural innovation and design where commonly used. During the 7th and early 6th century BC this developed into a local architectural style of Doric octagonal columns in the eastern Peloponnese, the costal islands and the southern Greek mainland. They were used in secular and religious buildings, as well as freestanding monuments. Most probably these towns made a manifestation of their own identity by using their own architectural style in the Panhellenic sanctuary of Delphi, as they had also done by constructing an Archaic treasury with octagonal columns in the Panhellenic sanctuary of Nemea.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022.
Keywords [en]
Delphi, Doric architecture, Archaic Greece, polygonal columns
National Category
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
Research subject
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-204793OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-204793DiVA, id: diva2:1659541
Conference
Anchoring Innovation in Delphi, online, April 14, 2022
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Lokal användning av polygonala kolonner i grekisk arkitektur – en stilistisk, ekonomisk eller politisk stil?
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Anna Ahlströms och Ellen Terserus stiftelseAvailable from: 2022-05-20 Created: 2022-05-20 Last updated: 2022-05-25Bibliographically approved

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