Restoring an Ancient Landmark-Theoretical and Structural Issues: The Case Study of Sulla’s Trophy in Orchomenos, Boeotia, Greece

  • Maria Magnisali
  • Themistoklis Bilis


This article refers to the restoration of an ancient landmark, a roman trophy, erected near Orchomenos from Lucius Cornelius Sulla. The monument follows the form of the archetypal wooden trophies, but it is made of marble. The main issue of the project was the problem of the elevation of ground level through the centuries. Considering as an opportunity to restore this historic landmark, it has been decided to be reconstructed in its original location but according to the contemporary ground level, leaving its foundations as found as evidence of the ancient structure. The restoration of the existing ancient material will provide in the most satisfactory way the connection of a landmark with its environment. A landscape study will recreate the ancient scenery of the battlefield, a real opportunity for modern visitors to have an educational walk. As a result of this project, the trophy will regain its value as a landmark of a battle of crucial importance for history of western civilization.


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  • Maria Magnisali
    • 1
  • Themistoklis Bilis
    • 1
  1. 1.NTUAAthensGreece

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