Aegyptus Redacta: The Egyptian Obelisk in the Augustan Campus Martius

Swetnam-Burland, Molly
September 2010
Art Bulletin;Sep2010, Vol. 92 Issue 3, p135
Academic Journal
The article presents information on the move of the Montecitorio Obelisk from Egypt to the public area Campus Martius in Rome. A brief history of the obelisk is presented including its symbolism of the power of the sun and its fall. The author discusses the embodiment of the structure as several different monuments based on its location at different points in time. Other topics include the Augustan meridian, the meaning of the obelisk as a commission for King Psametik II of Egypt, and other obelisks in Rome in the time of the Roman emperor Augustus. The author suggests that the move of the Montecitorio Obelisk from Egypt to Rome symbolizes the celebration of the defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, but its original meaning in Egypt was not repudiated by the Romans.


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