Things to look for: Obelisks

Obelisk from St. Peter's Square

Obelisk from St. Peter’s Square

After the battle of Actium in 31 BCE, the Roman victors experienced a kind of Egyptomania. They gained an extremely wealthy province, home to much of the city’s source of grain, and suddenly obelisks were appearing everywhere. Often times they are located amongst Christian symbolism. This isn’t an oversight. Putting pagan symbols in the Christian context was often meant to indicate the triumph of one over the other. Follow the picture to ind a list of all the obelisks across Rome.

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