What are the main reasons ancient cultures erected monuments?
April 11, 2013 4:16 PM Subscribe
I'm curious as to the most common reasons ancient cultures created monuments that served no alternative function (like tombs, temples or residences) but rather large scale art intended only to make some sort of statement. For example, the Easter Island moai or Egyptian obelisks. I understand that monuments sometimes commemorate a victory, honor a king, make the gods happy, etc. But I'd like more reasons please! Also if anyone can cite what the most common reasons were, please include.