Hadrian1900, Trajan

Late September 117 AD – Hadrian receives the Senate’s response to his letter (#Hadrian1900)

After the death of Trajan on 8th August 117, Hadrian drafted from Syria a 'carefully worded' letter to the Senate in Rome in which he reported his accession and requested divine honours for his adoptive father. He also apologised for having assumed the imperial title only on the acclamation of the army, on the ground that… Continue reading Late September 117 AD – Hadrian receives the Senate’s response to his letter (#Hadrian1900)

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Exhibition: ‘Hadrianus MCM – History of an Ancient Career‘ in Budapest (#Hadrian1900)

The Aquincum Museum, located in Budapest the capital city of Hungary, is currently hosting an exhibition dedicated to Hadrian to commemorate his accession to the throne 1,900 years ago.   The exhibition, part of Aquincum's "Hadrian's Year 2017" program, is being hosted in the old museum building located in the centre of the Archaeological Park.… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrianus MCM – History of an Ancient Career‘ in Budapest (#Hadrian1900)

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25th August 117 AD – The announcement of Hadrian’s accession in Alexandria (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago on this day, only two weeks after Hadrian's proclamation in Antioch, the new prefect of Egypt (Praefectus Aegypi), Quintus Rammius Martialis, addressed a circular letter to the strategoi of the Egyptian districts (nomes) announcing the imperial accession of Hadrian and instructing them to declare festivities for ten days. The document, written in Greek,… Continue reading 25th August 117 AD – The announcement of Hadrian’s accession in Alexandria (#Hadrian1900)

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12th August 117 – A mysterious death occurs in Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago on this day, Trajan's freedman and personal servant, the twenty-eight year old Marcus Ulpius Phaedimus, died in Selinus in Cilicia just a few days after his master and within a day of Hadrian receiving the news of Trajan's death. This coincidence only deepened the mystery surrounding the circumstances of Hadrian's adoption. Phaedimus, who… Continue reading 12th August 117 – A mysterious death occurs in Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

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11th August 117 AD – Hadrian is hailed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago on this day, the news of Trajan's death in Selinus reached the 41-year-old Hadrian at Syrian Antioch where he was stationned as provincial governor. The army of Syria immediately hailed its legate as Imperator. 11 August was to be celebrated as Hadrian's dies imperii (the anniversary of his accession as emperor). On the third day… Continue reading 11th August 117 AD – Hadrian is hailed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)

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9th August 117 AD – Trajan’s letter of adoption reaches Hadrian (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago on this day, Trajan's letter of adoption (litteras adoptionis) was made public when it reached Hadrian in Antioch. Hadrian was now Caesar. As previously mentioned (see here), there was some uncertainty about whether or not Trajan had adopted Hadrian before his death or whether the adoption was staged by Plotina. The ancient… Continue reading 9th August 117 AD – Trajan’s letter of adoption reaches Hadrian (#Hadrian1900)

Cilicia, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago on this day, after a 19 year reign of military glory, the Emperor Trajan died at the coastal town of Selinus (present-day Gazipaşa, about 180 km to the East of Antalya on the southern coast of Turkey) in western Cilicia. According to Cassius Dio, Trajan fell seriously ill after an unsuccessful siege of… Continue reading 8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

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Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle

At the start of the month I headed to Hadrian’s Wall to attend some of the Roman events taking place to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Hadrian’s Wall being a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 1,900 years since Hadrian became Emperor. Hadrian’s Cavalry was the theme chosen for the celebrations with a fantastic programme of public… Continue reading Turma! Hadrian’s Cavalry Charge in Carlisle

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The Hadrianic Temple of Diktynna in Crete

On the eastern tip of the Rodopou Peninsula in West Crete are the scanty remains of a temple dedicated to the Cretan goddess Diktynna (Diktynnaion). Diktynna was the virgin goddess of hunting and she was worshipped fervently in western Crete as the patroness of hunters and fishermen. Diktynna's name may be connected with Mount Dikte… Continue reading The Hadrianic Temple of Diktynna in Crete

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Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Osiris-Canopus jar

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a grey basalt Osiris-Canopus jar. The vase represents a form of the Egyptian god Osiris depicted as a jar topped by a human head known as Osiris-Hydreios, or commonly Osiris-Canopus because it was originally exclusively connected to the Canopic region of Egypt. It was discovered in the middle… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Osiris-Canopus jar