Pompey’s Pillar; Diocletian’s Column; Alexandria, Egypt; Roman Empire, Alexandria 298 CE; Diocletian, Emperor; cartes-de-visite (card photograph); Pompey; Classical architecture; Corinthian Capital; Greco-Roman Architecture
103mm x 65mm
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A carte-de-viste historical photograph of Pompey’s Pillar, a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria Egypt. The column was set up in honor of the Roman Emperor Diocletian between 298-302 AD after he besieged the city for eight months and spared what remained of it from looting. During the Middle Ages, European Crusaders misidentified Diocletian’s Column as Pompey’s Pillar, believing it to be for Pompey who was assassinated in Egypt after fleeing from Julius Caesar’s forces. They believed his ashes sat in a pot at the top.
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Original physical carte-de-viste is in the public domain. Digital copy scanned by Rod Library, ©2022 Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa
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