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The Emperors' NeedlesEgyptian Obelisks and Rome$
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Susan Sorek

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781904675518

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781904675518.001.0001

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Constantine and the New Rome

Constantine and the New Rome

(p.101) Chapter 12 Constantine and the New Rome
The Emperors' Needles

Susan Sorek

Liverpool University Press

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; Constantine I 's removal of another obelisk from Egypt and set up in Arles (France); and Constantius II as the last Roman emperor to bring an obelisk to Rome.

Keywords:   Piazza di San Giovanni, obelisks, Arles, Constantine I, Constantius II

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