Book 1. xxi. 2-5 the Critical marks (cont.)

Isidore had the ‘obol…’ fairly right.  For the Egyptians, the obelisk represented the piercing rays of the sun, but the Greek’s ‘obol’ was at first an iron spit, far closer to the form of the javelin (the throwing spear) than to an arrow. That’s why Longinus and his spear are shown above. The image is adapted from the  […]