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The Emperors' Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome

Susan Sorek


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 Egyptian obelisks remain standing and they are scattered in various locations throughout the world. Rome, with thirteen, boasts more than anywhere else, including Egypt itself. These monolithic structures can be seen in every corner of the ‘Eternal City’ and still hold a fascination for all who gaze upon them. This book is intended as a general guide to the obelisks that have found their way to th ... More

Keywords: Egyptian obelisks, Rome, sun cult, Nile, pharaohs, Egypt, monolithic structures, Eternal City, Roman emperors, obelisk

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781904675518
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Sorek, author
Open University