Carlitos Lunghi Site
Several hypothesis exist with respect
to this obelisk, like the one of
Quirinale, some considered that the Roman emperors not they contented
in appropriating themselves other peoples obelisks and transporting them
Some of them, imitating the Egyptian kings, were made erect obelisks
for its own memory.
The obelisks Esquiline and Quirinal, both twins, were discovered
fragmented, the first in three fragments, at the 16 century in the ruins
of the Mausoleo of August, behing of the church of St. Rocco.
Of 14.75 meters and 45 tons it was unearthed by Pope Sixto V in 1587
and jointly with the obelisk of the Quirinale were located in its original
place, until 200 years after Pope Pio VI, moved it two separated places,
one where is at the moment, in the square of Esquilino, opposed to the
basilic of Saint Maria la Mayor, and the other front to presidential palace
in the square of the Quirinale.
Another hypothesis that it indicates that exists such they were made in
dinastia VI, although it seems probable little. It is possible that they were
erected by PSAMETICO II or APRIRES, although there is no test of
There haven´t any inscription reason why it is impossible to know the
moment that pharaoh made them construct.
Just the hypothesis that it indicates that they are Egyptian, the translate
one from Egypt to Rome was be in the days of Claudius, between years
41-54 and raised as opposed to August Mausoleo, other authors indicate
that they was by Vespasiano between years 69-79 or Tito between years
79-81and others think that it was Domician between years 81-96.
Actual view of the obelisk of St. Mary Major - Rome, Italy.
The History of the Egyptian Obelisk