Pedestal of the Obelisk of Theodosius. West side
Hippodrome of Constantinople.
390 CE.
Istanbul Photo by Ilya Shurygin

Pedestal of the Obelisk of Theodosius. West side.

Hippodrome of Constantinople.
390 CE.

Istanbul

Description:
ΚΙΟΝΑ ΤΕΤΡΑΠΛΕΥΡΟΝ ΑΕΙ ΧΘΟΝΙ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΟΝ ΑΧΘΟC
ΜΟΥΝΟC ΑΝΑCΤΗCΑΙ ΘΕΥΔΟCΙΟC ΒΑCΙΛΕΥC
ΤΟΛΜΗCΑC ΠΡΟΚΛΟC ΕΠΕΚΕΚΛΕΤΟ ΚΑΙ ΤΟCΟC ΕCΤΗ
ΚΙωΝ ΗΕΛΙΟΙC ΕΝ ΤΡΙΑΚΟΝΤΑ ΔΥω


Hereinafter we present 4 most reliable translations of this inscription into English and Italian.


This column with four sides which lay on the earth,
only the emperor Theodosius dared to lift again its burden;
Proclos was invited to execute his order;
and this great column stood up in 32 days.

The four-sided column, a weight continually lying on the ground,
King Theodosius alone having ventured to raise, gave his orders to Proclus;
and, great as column is, it was erected in thirty-two suns (days).


La colonna quadrilatera, mole sempre giacente a terra, il
solo imperatore Teodosio ebbe l’audacia di sollevarla,
ordinandolo a Proclo. E la colonna si levò, immane, in
trentadue soli.

Questa colonna quadrata che giaceva a terra,
solo l’imperatore Teodosio osò sollevarne il peso;
Proclo fu invitato a svolgere il suo ordine, e questa
grande colonna fu eretta in trentadue giorni.

Credits:
© 2010. Photo: Ilya Shurygin.

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