Obelisk at Piazza della Minerva

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Wanda Marcussen
published on 16 February 2020
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The obelisk standing in the Piazza della Minerva is the smallest of Rome’s obelisks and it is positioned on the back of an elephant sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 – 1680 CE). The origins of this obelisk are unknown, but as it was found in the garden next to the cloister of the Basilica di Santa Maria sopra Minerva, it is believed to have stood at the entrance of the Isis temple in ancient times after being brought to Rome by Emperor Diocletian (r. 284 - 305 CE).

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Wanda Marcussen
Wanda has studied International Relations with specialization in History at The University of Oslo, and is currently studying for her Master's degree in Environmental History at Trinity College Dublin.

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Marcussen, W. (2020, February 16). Obelisk at Piazza della Minerva. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/11925/

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Marcussen, Wanda. "Obelisk at Piazza della Minerva." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified February 16, 2020. https://www.ancient.eu/image/11925/.

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Marcussen, Wanda. "Obelisk at Piazza della Minerva." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 16 Feb 2020. Web. 01 Dec 2020.

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