We encounter depictions of horsemen in antiquity in various profane, sacred or sepulchral contexts. Iconography and symbolism often point to traditions whose significance only becomes clear through the study of different, geographically and chronologically wide-ranging groups of monuments.

Within the framework of a study based on ancient history and archaeological sources, pictorial traditions and contexts of meaning of equestrian representations will be examined more closely and related to each other on the basis of paradigmatic individual research. The time frame ranges from Greek antiquity to the late antique-early Christian period.

A first sub-study will focus on the pictorial representations of the so-called Danubian Riders. These are votives of a syncretic Roman cult whose main area of dissemination is in the middle and lower Danube provinces.