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Obelisks and Pyramids

Alastair Fowler

in Time's Purpled Masquers: Stars and the Afterlife in Renaissance English Literature

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198183402
eISBN:
9780191674037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183402.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter looks at the use of pyramids and obelisks as imagery in Renaissance English literature. It examines Michel de Montaigne's distrust of ... More


Claudius and Nero: The Last of Augustus' Dynasty

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0010
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter considers Egyptian influences during the reigns of Claudius and Nero. Emperor Claudius was not immune to Egyptian influences and may have been involved in the revival of the worship of ... More


From Rome to Constantinople

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0014
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter describes the reign of Theodosius (ad 379–395), who united the Egyptian empire under a sole emperor. Theodosius ordered an obelisk to be removed from Egypt, destined for the new capital, ... More


Conclusions

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0019
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter presents some final thoughts. It discusses the historical significance of obelisks; the involvement of an obelisk in the conflict between Ethiopia and Italy during the 1930s; and the ... More


Contact with the West: Greece and Rome

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter describes Egypt's contact with Greece and Rome. The Greeks are credited with giving the huge freestanding stones the name by which they are known today. The word ‘obelisk’ derives from ... More


Roman Annexation of Egypt

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter tells the story of a minor naval skirmish in the Gulf of Ambracia off the north-western coast of Greece, which altered the course of history for the Western world. The main protagonists ... More


Other Augustan Obelisks

Susan Sorek

in The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.003.0008
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter first describes the second obelisk that was re-erected in the Campus Martius, the Flaminian obelisk (Piazza del Popolo). It was erected at the same time as the sundial obelisk in the ... More


Obelisk: A History of Jack Kahane and the Obelisk Press

Neil Pearson

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846311017
eISBN:
9781846313684
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313684
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This book details the work of one of the most extraordinary publishing enterprises in history. Censor–baiting, provocative, simultaneous publisher of the literary elite and of ‘dirty books’, Jack ... More


The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Susan Sorek

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781904675518
eISBN:
9781781380772
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Obelisks, originally associated with the sun cult, had their heyday between 2000 and 1500 bc, when they adorned the Nile's banks and proclaimed the splendour of the pharaohs. Today, only twenty-seven ... More


Egyptology in Antiquity

Jason Thompson

in Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology: 1: From Antiquity to 1881

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9789774165993
eISBN:
9781617976520
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165993.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Egyptology is generally considered to have begun in the nineteenth century, but the ancient Egyptians themselves were interested in their past and related to it in various ways. Greco-Roman contact ... More


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