Pillar with Lumbarda Psephisma

Lumbarda Psephisma, the Oldest Document about the Division of Land Parcels in Croatia from the Beginning of the 4th or 3rd Century BC

Miljenko Solarić, Nikola Solarić


The geographic position, climate and history of the island of Korčula are described in the introduction. The island was settled from the early Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. Illyrians, Greeks and Romans settled the island. The Greeks of Knidos established a settlement on the western part of the island, and the Greeks of Issa (today’s Vis) established a settlement on the eastern part of the island, probably near the place of today’s Lumbarda. The Lumbarda Psephisma was discovered on the neighbouring hill Koludrt near Lumbarda. The stone indicates the conclusion of the assembly to establish and distribute land parcels to colonists. The contract was made between the Greeks of Issa (Vis) and the domestic Illyrians at the beginning of the 4th or 3rd century BC. The Lumbarda Psephisma is written in Greek. This is one of the oldest written monuments in Croatia. At the same time, it is a monument about the distribution of land to the Greek colonists in Croatia. It is therefore also very significant to Croatian geodesists and jurists.


Psephisma; island Korčula; Lumbarda; Greeks; Issa; Lumbarda Psephisma; distribution of land parcels; owner; geodesists; jurists

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