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Lightning Damages Axum Obelisk In Rome
CNN Europe ^
Posted on 05/30/2002 7:22:52 AM PDT by blam
Edited on 04/29/2004 2:00:35 AM PDT by Jim Robinson.
ROME, Italy (Reuters) -- Lightning has damaged a 3,000-year-old obelisk which Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's troops plundered from Ethiopia and brought to the heart of Rome before World War II.
Lightning struck the obelisk late on Monday and chipped chunks of stone from the top of the 24-metre (75-foot) artefact, looted from the holy city of Axum in 1937 after fascist Italy annexed the Horn of Africa country.
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KEYWORDS: archaeology; axum; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; obelisk; rome
Remember all the articles a few months back about this thing being returned?
posted on 05/30/2002 7:22:52 AM PDT
posted on 05/30/2002 7:26:11 AM PDT
Didn't Italy lose the war? Why did it keep the spoils? Wasn't there a victor?
But a culture undersecretary said Ethiopia could not guarantee the safekeeping of the cultural heritage.
Looks like Italy couldn't keep it safe either.
It should have been returned long ago. It needs to be in the lightning-free zone where it was for 3000 years, not up in Europe with it's wild weather patterns.
You have never been in a desert storm have you?
Returned, yes - but to Egypt, where it rightfully belongs. The obelisk was erected by Pharaoh Tutmoses III of the 18th Dynasty. It is one of a pair; the other is in the Hippodrome at Constantinople.
To: John Locke
Returned, yes - but to Egypt
What about all the other stuff that people left lying around or stole from other nations? How about gold recovered from sunken Spanish galleons near Cuba and Florida, should that be returned to whoever is living in Central America now? Should all the Roman ruins everywhere be loaded up and dumped inside the old city wall of Rome? Should the 13 colonies be returned to England?
In general, no. My post was prompted by two things. One, the absurdity of returning "stolen property" to the previous thief rather than its original owner. Two, a genuine belief that Egypt is an exception: her ancient artifacts look far, far better on their original sites. The Egyptians had a gift for the architectural composition of large masses that is breathtaking.
Just adding this to the GGG catalog, not sending a general distribution.
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posted on 07/30/2005 7:28:32 PM PDT
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posted on 04/21/2006 7:44:44 AM PDT
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