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Additional Latin Inscriptions: 9


OBELISK OF CORNELIUS GALLUS

Latin text:   AE_1964.255
Date:     30/29 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations


This inscription was placed on the Vatican Obelisk, which is now in St Peter's Square in Rome, but was probably previously situated in Alexandria. The bronze letters of the inscription were later removed, but their holes can still be traced in the stone. There are no hieroglyphs on the obelisk, and this is the earliest inscription on it. It is possible that the obelisk was part of construction work that had already been started by Cleopatra; see S.Pfeiffer, in "The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt", p.87 ( Google Books ).



By order of imperator Caesar, son of the divine Julius, Gaius Cornelius Gallus, son of Gnaeus, the praefectus fabrum of Caesar, son of the divine Julius, constructed the Forum Julium.


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