Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Obelisk
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A. Architectural type

The two monumental ancient architectural forms, the O. and the formally similar pyramid, only underwent systematic symbolic interpretation in the Renaissance. It was also only in this period that they began to be built in Europe. The O.s surviving from Antiquity were made in Egypt, Ethiopia and Assyria, and some were transported from Egypt to Rome from the reign of Augustus. There were pyramids in Ancient Egypt, and occasionally in Rome as funerary monuments (Pyramid of Cestiu…

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Erben, Dietrich (München), “Obelisk”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004926>
First published online: 2015



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