The Lesicheri Pillar and the Transfer of Funerary Architecture Trends from Bithynia to Roman Thrace

  • Daniel Delchev IMPRS ANARCHIE, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology Advokatenweg 36 D-06114 Halle (Saale) MLU Halle-Wittenberg, Seminar für Klassische Archäologie Universitätsplatz 12 D-06108 Halle (Saale)
  • Milena Raycheva Department of Classical Archaeology National Archaeological Institute with Museum Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 2 Saborna Str. BG-1000 Sofia
Keywords: funerary pillar, Roman imperial cult, transfer of patterns, Thrace, Bithynia, Lesicheri


Ever since its first scholarly publication in 1882, the so-called Lesicheri Obelisk located not far from Nicopolis ad Istrum has been discussed in literature as a component of a greater complex of cultic or sepulchral character. The present paper studies the monument as an autonomous structure and attempts to offer a more precise dating for it. The authors discuss the pillar from the perspective of transfer of knowledge and patterns from Bithynia to Thrace in funerary context in the 2nd century AD, and explore the possible connection with elite families involved in emperor worship in both provinces.