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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