Herennius Heraclianus is a member of the Gerousia, a public organisation in Philippopolis established in the II c. AD for the worship of the imperial cult. Its members were rich inhabitants of the city, its president was named gerousiarch (γερουσίαρχος); it also had a treasurer (ταμίας) and a legal representative (ἔκδικος).
Herennius Heraclianus has the names of a Roman citizen, while the names of his wife follow the Greek onomastic pattern.
Ἀνεξοδίαστον is a formula typical for the inscriptions in Bithynia and was probably brought to Philippopolis from there. The fines for violating sarcophagi were paid either to the city or to the provincial imperial treasury. The standard amount of fine was the 5000 denarii.