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Old 11-06-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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Lightbulb Free (DRM-free PDF) Obelisker i Rom [Danish Academic Archaeological Artifact History]

Obelisker i Rom (Obelisks in Rome) by Lise Manniche, an assistant professor of Egyptology at the University of Copenhagen, is her Danish-language lavishly photo-illustrated academic survey of the thirteen Egyptian obelisks in the city of Rome, covering their history from ancient to modern times, free courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This is their Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection for November. It appears to be written in an accessible, tour guide sort of style, and contains maps of the obelisks' past and present-day locations, as well as translations of their associated original texts.

Currently free throughout November directly @ the university's dedicated promo page (DRM-free PDF available worldwide), and you can read more about the title on its regular catalogue page.

This is a 36 meg PDF which you probably don't want to download while on a device with data limits.

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I Rom står der 13 ægyptiske obelisker. De fleste har tre historier at fortælle: om deres fortid i faraonernes Ægypten, om deres genanvendelse i det gamle Rom og om deres nye liv i pavernes Rom. Fælles for dem er, at de har været anvendt med propaganda for øje.

I Ægypten var obeliskerne viet til solguden, samtidig med at de promoverede den farao, der fik dem brudt og rejst i templerne. I det gamle Rom blev de sat i en ganske anden sammenhæng, ofte i forbindelse med et circus. Efter Konstantin den Store blev de med et kors på toppen konverteret til kristne symboler. De invaderende gotere gøres ansvarlige for at omstyrte dem, og med tiden blev de gemt og glemt under metervis af mudder.

Den eneste obelisk, der blev stående, var den, der stod ved den gamle Peterskirke. Det var paverne, der begyndte at interessere sig for de andre forsvundne obelisker, og især i det 16. og det 18. årh. blev mange af de store rejst i forbindelse med de pavelige paladser.

Bogen er velegnet til at tage med på obeliskjagt i Rom. Alle hieroglyffer og latinske dedikationstekster er oversat, og et kort viser obeliskernes nuværende eller tidligere placering.
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Just a reminder that today will probably be the last day to grab the freebie if you're interested.
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