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The front view of the ancient Pantheon in Rome, with the Baroque fountain and the ancient Egyptian obelisk in front of it.

The Emperor’s Needles by Susan Sorek – A Review

A while ago I became interested by the two Egyptian obelisks that once stood in the now barren Circus Maximum in Rome; today they are standing in two of the city’s many piazzas. I wrote then about these and other Egyptian obelisks in Rome. In continuing to research these wonderful ancient Egyptian objects and thinking about their relocation to the various cities around the world I came across a book entitled The Emperors’ Needles: Egyptian Obelisks and Rome by Susan Sorek.

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With a professional background in archaeology and a passion for travel, I founded Archaeology Travel to help more people explore our world’s fascinating pasts. Born in Zambia, I trained as an archaeologist at the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and taught archaeology at the universities of Southampton and Manchester (England). Read More

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