For this third exercise I used the following comparison words: Obelisk, Rome, Christianity, symbol of power and obelisk in Rome I entered these search terms into Alice using the Xenotheka Library brain. I came across two books.
With the search term obelisk I came across the book by Rem Koolhaas, Elements of Architecture. The search term Rome also drew my attention to this book, but also to many others which I do not want to pursue any further. Rome as an umbrella term is perhaps a bit far-reaching. Christianity and symbol of power was a dead end. The combination Obelisk in Rome pointed me to another book: Old Saint Peter s Rome by McKitterick.
Elements of Architecture
This book reports on the whole range of architectural elements – doors, windows, stairs, ceilings, walls, fireplaces and so on. It serves as a giant vocabulary for architects. Rome is also an important chapter in this book, since the Romans reached many important milestones in architectural history. You will also be able to learn a lot about the obelisks.
However, the book is very different from De Gli Obelischi di Roma in that it does not delve so deeply into the matter of a single subject where all aspects of that element are considered. So social, political and economic aspects. The object is only described from an architectural point of view.
Old Saint Peter’s Rome
This book is only about the church and the square of St. Peter. You can learn a lot about the history of this area. Economic, political and social aspects are discussed from the beginning to the present day. You will also learn a lot about the obelisk on the square and its relation to St. Peter and the church.
The book differs from De Gli Obelischi di Roma in that you will learn a great deal about St Peter and thus also about the obelisk in St Peter’s Square. But nothing can be read about the other obelisks of Rome.