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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


Engineering the Eternal City: Infrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome

Pamela O. Long

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226543796
eISBN:
9780226591315
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226591315.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Between the catastrophic flood of the Tiber River in 1557 and the death of the “engineering pope” Sixtus V in 1590, the city of Rome was transformed by intense activity involving building ... 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


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


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


The Environs of Alexandria.

Jason Thompson

in Description of Egypt: Notes and Views in Egypt and Nubia

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9789774245251
eISBN:
9781617970160
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774245251.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter gives an account of the walled site of the old Arab city that has lately been rebuilt in a plain but substantial manner. It also examines some antiquities within the wall, particularly ... 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


The Flavian Emperors and the Obelisks of Domitian

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/9781904675518.003.0011
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

In the year ad 69 four contenders — Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian — vied for political power, with Vespasian emerging as the victor. The new dynasty founded by Vespasian, the Flavian, lasted ... More


Engineering Spectacle and Urban Reality

Pamela O. Long

in Engineering the Eternal City: Infrastructure, Topography, and the Culture of Knowledge in Late Sixteenth-Century Rome

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226543796
eISBN:
9780226591315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226591315.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses the transport of the Vatican Obelisk from the side of St. Peters to the center of the piazza in front. It treats various proposals for this large engineering project, including ... More


Stonehenge in Nevada

Rosemary A. Joyce

in The Future of Nuclear Waste: What Art and Archaeology Can Tell Us about Securing the World's Most Hazardous Material

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
March 2021
ISBN:
9780190888138
eISBN:
9780190888176
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190888138.003.0002
Subject:
Archaeology, Contemporary and Public Archaeology

This chapter explores the understanding of Stonehenge, the support for major features of the proposed design for markers for nuclear waste repositories. The proposed design would have two concentric ... More


Ancient Egypt in the Renaissance

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/9789774165993.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

Although the Renaissance is intimately associated with the discovery, application, and reinterpretation of the forms of classical antiquity, the recovery of classical antiquity also brought with it ... More


The Gigli of Nola During Rodia’s Times

Felice Ceparano

in Sabato Rodia's Towers in Watts: Art, Migrations, Development

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823257966
eISBN:
9780823268924
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823257966.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The Feast of the Gigli of Nola (Festa dei Gigli di Nola) is celebrated annually in honor of Saint Paulinus (San Paolino) on the 22nd of June in the city of Nola, Italy. During the festival, eight ... More


The Emperor Hadrian: A Memorial to Grief

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/9781904675518.003.0012
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter discusses the continued fascination with Egypt during the reign of Emperor Hadrian. Hadrian founded the city of Antinous (Antinoopolis) on the right bank of the Nile, opposite Hermopolis ... More


Constantine and the New 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/9781904675518.003.0013
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter discusses the following: the obelisk that now stands in the Piazza di San Giovanni — the largest surviving obelisk in the world, with a height of 32 metres (83 ft) and weighs 455 tonnes; ... More


The Obelisk Builders and the Standing Obelisks 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/9781904675518.003.0018
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter describes the following: the obelisk of Sesostris I; Theban obelisks; Hatshepsut's obelisk; the Luxor (Cairo) obelisk; the obelisk of Ramses II in Cairo; and the obelisk of Seti II at ... More


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