Kate meets Nick in the square of the Pantheon in Rome, when they share a table to avoid the rain. He is travelling the world to convert people to fighting global warming by setting up greenhouse gas trading schemes, while she has been called in to help find out what is eating the carbon in the massive oil deposit in the Ghawar Field in Saudi Arabia. They set out on an increasingly dangerous hunt to find the link between these seven obelisks and a new microbe that threatens the world's oil supply, and discover that someone is willing to kill to keep the link secret.
Obelisk Seven came about because we had a wonderful tour guide who introduced us to marvels in several cities in Europe, and the time we had to spare in the Da Vinci airport in Rome. That's where Obelisk Seven was conceived. After much research and hard work and tons of sheer fun, our novel was finally born. We are hoping that many of our readers might join in two movements - one to right an old wrong by obtaining the return to Egypt of the ancient obelisks and of the bust of Queen Nefertiti, now imprisoned in a Berlin museum , and the other to fight global warming.
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I finished Obelisk 7! It was such an interesting experience reading a book written by people you know! The amount of research you two must have done to write that book was daunting even to imagine!! I am vaguely curious as to why the "sex" scene was so muted Am I the only one who anticipates a good sex scene after a relationship build-up?
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I want to go back and re-read it because there were so many interesting ecological ideas during that "WorldHeat" show. I always admire anyone who can peer into the future and imagine all the many twists and turns life can take And you know how much I appreciated the crows, cats and even the number 7! The majority were dismantled during the Roman period over 1, years ago and the obelisks were sent to different locations. The largest standing and tallest Egyptian obelisk is the Lateran Obelisk in the square at the west side of the Lateran Basilica in Rome at The elder Pliny in his Natural History refers to the obelisk's transportation from Egypt to Rome by order of the Emperor Gaius Caligula as an outstanding event.
The barge that carried it had a huge mast of fir wood which four men's arms could not encircle. One hundred and twenty bushels of lentils were needed for ballast. Having fulfilled its purpose, the gigantic vessel was no longer wanted. Therefore, filled with stones and cement, it was sunk to form the foundations of the foremost quay of the new harbour at Ostia.
Pope Sixtus V was determined to erect the obelisk in front of St Peter's, of which the nave was yet to be built. He had a full-sized wooden mock-up erected within months of his election. Domenico Fontana , the assistant of Giacomo Della Porta in the Basilica's construction, presented the Pope with a little model crane of wood and a heavy little obelisk of lead, which Sixtus himself was able to raise by turning a little winch with his finger. Fontana was given the project. Half-buried in the debris of the ages, it was first excavated as it stood; then it took from 30 April to 17 May to move it on rollers to the Piazza: it required nearly men, carthorses, and 47 cranes.
The re-erection, scheduled for 14 September, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross , was watched by a large crowd. It was a famous feat of engineering, which made the reputation of Fontana, who detailed it in a book illustrated with copperplate etchings, Della Trasportatione dell'Obelisco Vaticano et delle Fabriche di Nostro Signore Papa Sisto V ,   which itself set a new standard in communicating technical information and influenced subsequent architectural publications by its meticulous precision.
It is said that Fontana had teams of relay horses to make his getaway if the enterprise failed. When Carlo Maderno came to build the Basilica's nave, he had to put the slightest kink in its axis, to line it precisely with the obelisk. Another obelisk in Rome is sculpted as carried on the back of an elephant.
Rome lost one of its obelisks, the Boboli obelisk which had decorated the temple of Isis, where it was uncovered in the 16th century. The Medici claimed it for the Villa Medici , but in they moved it to the Boboli Gardens attached to the Palazzo Pitti in Florence , and left a replica in its stead. Not all the Egyptian obelisks in the Roman Empire were set up at Rome. Herod the Great imitated his Roman patrons and set up a red granite Egyptian obelisk in the hippodrome of his new city Caesarea in northern Judea.
In , Emperor Constantius II had two Karnak Temple obelisks removed and transported down the Nile to Alexandria to commemorate his ventennalia , the 20th year of his reign. Afterward, one was sent to Rome and erected on the spina of the Circus Maximus , and is today known as the Lateran Obelisk. The other one, known as the Obelisk of Theodosius , remained in Alexandria until , when Emperor Theodosius I had it transported to Constantinople now Istanbul and put up on the spina of the Hippodrome of Constantinople now Sultan Ahmet Square.
The Ancient Romans populated their city with 8 large and 42 small Egyptian obelisks. Obelisks were being shipped out of Egypt as late as the nineteenth century when three of them were sent to London , New York and Paris. Their transportation was covered by various newspapers. Obelisk monuments are also known from the Assyrian civilization, where they were erected as public monuments that commemorated the achievements of the Assyrian king.
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The British Museum possesses four Assyrian obelisks:. The obelisk bears an inscription that refers to the king's seizure of goods, people and herds, which he carried back to the city of Ashur. The reliefs of the Obelisk depict military campaigns, hunting, victory banquets and scenes of tribute bearing. It was erected by Ashurnasirpal II, though only survives in fragments. The surviving parts of the reliefs depict scenes of tribute bearing to the king from Syria and the west. The obelisk was erected by Shalmaneser III and the reliefs depict scenes of tribute bearing as well as the depiction of two subdued rulers, Jehu the Israelite and Sua the Gilzanean, giving gestures of submission to the king.
The reliefs on the obelisk have accompanying epigraphs, but besides these the obelisk also possesses a longer inscription that records one of the latest versions of Shalmaneser III's annals, covering the period from his accessional year to his 33rd regnal year.
The Broken Obelisk, that was also discovered by Rassam at Nineveh. Only the top of this monolith has been reconstructed in the British Museum. The obelisk is the oldest recorded obelisk from Assyria, dating to the 11th century BC.
A number of obelisks were carved in the ancient Axumite Kingdom of today northern Ethiopia. Together with metre-high or foot King Ezana's Stele , the last erected one and the only unbroken, the most famous example of axumite obelisk is the so-called metre-high or footh Obelisk of Axum. It was carved around the 4th century AD and, in the course of time, it collapsed and broke into three parts.
In these conditions it was found by Italian soldiers in , after the Second Italo-Abyssinian War , looted and taken to Rome in , where it stood in the Piazza di Porta Capena. Italy agreed in a UN agreement to return the obelisk but did not affirm its agreement until , after years of pressure and various controversial settlements. In the Italian government made the first steps toward its return, and in it was finally re-erected.
The obelisks, properly termed stelae or the native hawilt or hawilti as they do not end in a pyramid, were used to mark graves and underground burial chambers. The largest of the grave markers were for royal burial chambers and were decorated with multi-storey false windows and false doors, while nobility would have smaller less decorated ones.
While there are only a few large ones standing, there are hundreds of smaller ones in "stelae fields". The obelisk was named for the archeologist Julio C. Tello , who discovered it and was considered the "father of Peruvian archeology. This was the third attempt to erect a ton obelisk; the first two, in and , ended in failure. There were also two successful attempts to raise a two-ton obelisk and a nine-ton obelisk. Finally in August—September , after learning from their experiences, they were able to erect one successfully. First Hopkins and Rais Abdel Aleem organized an experiment to tow a block of stone weighing about 25 tons.
They prepared a path by embedding wooden rails into the ground and placing a sledge on them bearing a megalith weighing about 25 tons.
Initially they used more than people to try to tow it but were unable to budge it. Finally, with well over people pulling at once and an additional dozen using levers to prod the sledge forward, they moved it. Over the course of a day, the workers towed it 10 to 20 feet. Despite problems with broken ropes, they proved the monument could be moved this way. One experiment was to transport a small obelisk on a barge in the Nile River.
The barge was built based on ancient Egyptian designs. It had to be very wide to handle the obelisk, with a 2 to 1 ratio length to width, and it was at least twice as long as the obelisk. The obelisk was about 3. The workers used ropes that were wrapped around a guide that enabled them to pull away from the river while they were towing it onto the barge.
The barge was successfully launched into the Nile. The preparation work was done with modern technology, but experiments have proven that with enough time and people, it could have been done with ancient technology. To begin, the obelisk was lying on a gravel and stone ramp.
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