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p368 Obeliscus Hortorum Sallustianorum

Article on p368 of

Samuel Ball Platner (as completed and revised by Thomas Ashby):
A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome,
London: Oxford University Press, 1929.


Obeliscus Hortorum Sallustianorum: now standing in the Piazza della Trinità dei Monti. This obelisk was brought to Rome some time after the period of Augustus (Amm. Marcell. XVII.4.16) and erected in the gardens of Sallust, where it was still standing in the eighth century (Eins. 2.7; Jord. II.344, 649). It is 13 metres high, and on its surface is a copy made in Rome, probably about 200 A.D., of the hieroglyphics of the obelisk of Rameses II that Augustus set up in the circus Maximus (BC 1897, 216‑223 = Ob. Eg. 140‑147). In the fifteenth century it was lying on the ground, broken into two pieces, near its base (Anon. Magl. 17, ap. Urlichs 159; LS I.234) and remained there until the eighteenth century (LD 171, who reproduces a drawing by Carlo Fontana (Windsor 9314) dated 21st March, 1706, and lettered 'scoprimento della Guglia, etc.')1 In 1733 Clement XII had it conveyed to the Lateran, but did not set it up. In 1789 Pius VI erected it on its present site.º The base was covered over after 1733, but found again in 1843 in the northern part of the horti, between the Vie Sicilia, Sardegna, Toscana and Abruzzi (HJ 434‑435; BC 1914, 373‑374; cf. Horti Sallustiani). It is a large block of red granite (2.50 × 2.55 m), and has been placed on the Capitol as the base of a monument to the fallen Fascists (Capitolium, II.424).


The Authors' Note:

1 Cf. also Kircher, Oedipus Aegyptiacus, III.256‑257, and plate (dated 1654) reissued in Rom. Coll. S.J. Musaeum, Amsterdam, 1678.


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