It appears that I will not be the only one celebrating next year: The Archaeological Museum of Seville in southern Spain is planning to host an exhibition in 2017 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne.
“Hadrian 2017. Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome.”
A colloquium entitled “Symposium Hadrian 2017: Ideas for an exhibition (117-2017)” was held last October at the Archaeological Museum of Seville (see the program here). It was organised by the Department of Ancient History at the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville, in collaboration with the archaeological Museum of Sevilla and the archaeological site of Italica. They met in the capital of Andalusia with the curators of the most recent exhibitions on Hadrian to discuss the forthcoming event in Seville.
The curators attending the colloquium were: Thorsten Opper of the British Museum and responsible for the 2008 exhibition “Hadrian: Empire and Conflict”; Elena Calandra of the Soprintendente per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria who organised the 2014 exhibition “Hadrian and Greece” which took place at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli; Annalisa Lo Monaco and the team of the Capitoline Museums who curated the 2012-2013 exhibition “L’età dell’equilibrio”. Finally, Professor Milena Melfi of the Ashmolean Museum presented the results of the excavations at Adrianople in Albania.
By bringing these specialists together, the conference aimed at sharing their expertise and putting forward new initiatives for the future exhibition in Seville.
Hadrian rose to power on the 11th of August 117 AD. I intend to mark this anniversary with my Hadrian1900 project and by making the trip to Seville to see the special exhibition. To learn more about my Hadrian1900 project, check the following page here.