Epigraphy, Greece, Hadrian1900

118 AD – Hadrian sends letters of reply to Astypalaea and Delphi (#Hadrian1900)

Soon after the accession of Hadrian, a number of important cities sent congratulatory embassies to the new princeps by which they expressed their warm wishes and asked confirmation of the privileges bestowed to them by Trajan. One such embassy, sent from Hierapolis towards the end of 117 AD, returned with a letter from the emperor.… Continue reading 118 AD – Hadrian sends letters of reply to Astypalaea and Delphi (#Hadrian1900)

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The only known copy of Hadrian’s lost autobiography in the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

On 27 April 2018, the Oriental Institute Museum of the University of Chicago published on their Facebook page an image of what may be the only extant excerpt of Hadrian's lost autobiography. Written shortly before Hadrian's death, this autobiography appears to have taken the form of a series of letters to Antoninus Pius. ---

Archaeology Travel, Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Hadrian1900, Moesia Inferior, Romania

Early spring 118 AD – Hadrian conducts negotiations with the king of the Roxolani in Moesia Inferior (#Hadrian1900)

In the early spring of 118 AD, Hadrian reached the Danubian province of Lower Moesia (present-day Dobrudja in Romania). This territory, located between the lower Danube river and the Black Sea, was established as the province of Moesia in the last years of Augustus' reign and later separated into two parts (Upper and Lower Moesia) in… Continue reading Early spring 118 AD – Hadrian conducts negotiations with the king of the Roxolani in Moesia Inferior (#Hadrian1900)

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Exhibition: “Hadrian, Saviour and Builder” at the Fethiye Mosque in Athens (#Hadrian1900)

An exhibition entitled 'Hadrian, Savior and Builder' is currently being held at the newly restored Fethiye Mosque in Athens’ Roman Agora. The exhibition, which opened last January, is being organized by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens. In the autumn of 2010, the Ministry of Culture ordered the emptying of the various antiquities stored inside… Continue reading Exhibition: “Hadrian, Saviour and Builder” at the Fethiye Mosque in Athens (#Hadrian1900)

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Exhibition: “Hadrian Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome” in Seville (#Hadrian1900)

The Archaeological Museum of Seville is currently hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's accession to the imperial throne. In 117 AD Hadrian inherited the control of the Roman Empire from Trajan who had been his guardian and had named him as his successor. The families of both men came from Spain,… Continue reading Exhibition: “Hadrian Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome” in Seville (#Hadrian1900)

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28th January 118 AD – Hadrian celebrates the 20th anniversary of Trajan’s accession (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, four days after his 42nd birthday, Hadrian celebrated the 20th anniversary of Trajan's accession, the first since the emperor's death at Selinus five months earlier. Festivities took place throughout the empire as Roman citizens remembered the Optimus Princeps as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in… Continue reading 28th January 118 AD – Hadrian celebrates the 20th anniversary of Trajan’s accession (#Hadrian1900)

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Felix dies natalis, Hadriane!

Happy 1942nd birthday, Hadrian! This year I decided to cook Cato's Globi (Pastry Balls) as Hadrian's birthday cake. Globi (original recipe from LacusCurtius): Mix the cheese and spelt in the same way (as Libum), sufficient to make the number desired. Pour lard into a hot copper vessel, and fry one or two at a time,… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Hadriane!

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The Acts of the Arval Brethren of 118 AD (#Hadrian1900)

In 2014, Rome celebrated the bimillenary of the death of Emperor Augustus who took his last breath aged 75 in his villa in the town of Nola in 14 AD. To commemorate this important milestone, the Italian capital launched a series of special events, including the opening of the Villa di Livia in Prima Porta and… Continue reading The Acts of the Arval Brethren of 118 AD (#Hadrian1900)

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January 118 AD – Hadrian inaugurates the new year in Nicomedia (#Hadrian1900)

1,900 years ago Hadrian most likely celebrated the new year in Nicomedia, the capital of the province of Pontus and Bithynia in worth-west Asia Minor. After a short stay in Nicaea (see previous post here) Hadrian and his army continued to march towards Byzantium along the Gulf of Nicomedia. Hadrian inaugurated the year 118 as… Continue reading January 118 AD – Hadrian inaugurates the new year in Nicomedia (#Hadrian1900)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Athens, Bithynia, Cilicia, Exhibition, France, Germany, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Jordan, Morocco, Photography, Rome, Turkey

My 2017 travel round-up

2017 was a very special year for me as the year marked the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne and the start of my Hadrian 1900 project. I travelled to 9 countries, visited 57 new archaeological sites, 21 new archaeological museums and attended 4 exhibitions. Here’s an overview of my… Continue reading My 2017 travel round-up