Bob Brier's Cleopatra's Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt (Bloomsbury PDF

By Bob Brier

ISBN-10: 1474242936

ISBN-13: 9781474242936

within the half-century among 1831 and 1881 3 gigantic obelisks left Egypt for brand new lands. ahead of those trips, the final huge obelisk moved used to be the Vatican obelisk in 1586 – one of many nice engineering achievements of the Renaissance. Roman emperors moved greater than a dozen, yet left no documents of the way they did it. The nineteenth-century engineers entrusted with transporting the obelisks throughout oceans needed to invent new equipment, and so they have been faraway from convinced that they might paintings. because the 3 obelisks, sure for Paris, London and big apple, sailed in the direction of their new houses, the realm held its breath. Newspapers mentioned the obelisks' day-by-day development, entire with dramatic illustrations of the heroic deeds of the engineers and crews suffering below approximately most unlikely stipulations. while the obelisks eventually arrived adequately of their new houses, bands performed Cleopatra's Needle Waltz and silver obelisk pencils dangled from stylish women' necks.

This turbulent period, stuck up in obelisk mania, is recreated by way of Bob Brier in all its glory. Amid brilliant stories of engineering dexterity and naval patience, the contributors excited about transporting the obelisks and receiving them of their destiny houses are dropped at lifestyles via their letters and diaries, newspaper articles and illustrations. Written by means of a well known Egyptologist and writer, this compelling booklet will fascinate all these attracted to Egypt, its iconic monuments and the background of significant endeavour.

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