Why Egyptian obelisks were actively exported to Europe
Why Egyptian obelisks were actively exported to Europe
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In the period between the reigns of Augustus and Theodosius I, numerous Egyptian obelisks were taken to Europe. These ancient monoliths made a lasting impression on almost any conqueror. But in ancient Rome, their significance was multifaceted, and also personified imperial power.

When the Romans took over Alexandria in 30 BC, they were impressed by the grandeur of the Egyptian monuments. And the self-proclaimed emperor Augustus, without thinking twice, established his rule, instantly appropriating an outstanding symbol of power - the Egyptian obelisks.

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The obelisk's usefulness as a horologist was also important. As Grant Parker, an associate professor of classics, noted, "the authority to measure time can be an indicator of government power." This meant that a new Roman era had begun.

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