The Boboli Obelisk – A Monument in Motion

Florence, Boboli Gardens, Boboli Obelisk in front of the Palazzo Pitti (2010). (© Txllxt TxllxT / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0)

The movement of an ancient Egyptian obelisk through space and time bears witness to the mobility and cultural role of architectural monuments.

The Speaking Snake Glycon, Ancient Oracles, and Voices of Dissent

Constanța, Museum of National History and Archaeology, Marble Statue of Glycon (2nd century CE). (© CristianChirita / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0)

The oracle of the speaking snake Glycon flourished in ancient Asia Minor. Although it enjoyed lasting popularity, dissident voices arose.