Mark D. Roberts

Mark D. Roberts

The Piazza del Popolo and Its Augustan Obelisk

A view of the Piazza del Popolo in Rome:

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The obelisk in the piazza, once dedicated to an Egyptian pharoah, but “repurposed” by Augustus to glorify himself. This was once in the Circus Maximus in Rome, but was moved to its current location in the sixteenth century.

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A closeup of the inscription on the base of the obelisk. This was added by Augustus. It reads:

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IMP . CAESAR . DIVI . F
AVGVSTVS
PONTIFEX . MAXIMVS
IMP . XII . COS . XI . TRIB . POT . XIV
AEGVPTO . IN . POTESTATEM
POPVLI . ROMANI . REDACTA
SOLI . DONUM . DEDIT

In English, this would be translated:

“Emperor Augustus Caesar, son of the divine Caesar, Supreme Pontiff, given the title of imperator [a former word for emperor and also meaning Supreme Chief] for the eleventh time, and, after subjecting Egypt to the Romans, entitled to represent the people [Tribunicia Potestas] for the fourteenth time, offered this obelisk as a gift to the sun”.

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