Asia Minor, Bithynia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

Roman festival, Roman Mythology, Saturnalia

IO Saturnalia!

Happy Saturnalia to all! December 17 marked the beginning of Saturnalia, one of the most popular festivals in Ancient Rome. The midwinter celebrations lasted for several days (the number changed through the Roman era) and it was a time for feasting, partying, playing games, gift-giving and role-reversal. It was the merriest festival of the year… Continue reading IO Saturnalia!

Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Phrygia, Turkey

End of 117 AD – Hadrian sends a letter of reply to Hierapolis (#Hadrian1900)

On the news of Trajan's death and Hadrian's accession, embassies from every part of the empire were sent to pay homage to the new Emperor. They carried letters of congratulations with them and each received a written answer which would be taken home and proudly reproduced in stone to be displayed in a public space.… Continue reading End of 117 AD – Hadrian sends a letter of reply to Hierapolis (#Hadrian1900)

Bithynia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

Late November 117 AD – Hadrian arrives in Nicaea (#Hadrian1900)

Around the end of November 117 AD, after crossing the plateau of central Bithynia, Hadrian arrived in Nicaea (modern Iznik), one of the most important towns of the Bithynian province. From Juliopolis, where he had stayed on November 11, (see previous post here) the imperial party marched west along the river Sangarius and entered Nicaea… Continue reading Late November 117 AD – Hadrian arrives in Nicaea (#Hadrian1900)

Turkey, Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Bithynia

11th November 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)

After spending a few days in Ancyra, the Galatian capital (see previous post here), Hadrian continued to travel westward towards the Danube provinces and reached the little town of Juliopolis just inside Bithynia on November, 11. Epigraphic evidence has revealed that Hadrian addressed a missive to Pergamum from Juliopolis, a formal letter of thanks to an… Continue reading 11th November 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)

Galatia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

End of October 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Ancyra in Galatia (#Hadrian1900)

At the end of October 117 AD Hadrian arrived in Ancyra (modern Ankara, Turkey), the chief city of the province of Galatia. The Emperor was travelling back to Rome via the Danube regions and probably reached the Galatian capital by the end of the month, as suggested by the itinerary inscription found in Rome (see… Continue reading End of October 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Ancyra in Galatia (#Hadrian1900)

Aqueduct, Cappadocia, Hadrian's travels, Hadrian1900, Turkey

17 October 117 – Hadrian arrives in Tyana (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Hadrian reached the city of Tyana situated at the foot of the Taurus mountains near the Cilician Gates. We know from a fragment of an itinerary found in Rome that Hadrian left Antioch in the beginning of October 117 AD and travelled northwards towards Ancyra (modern Ankara). The inscription… Continue reading 17 October 117 – Hadrian arrives in Tyana (#Hadrian1900)

Asia Minor, Cappadocia, Cilicia, Epigraphy, Hadrian's travels, Hadrian1900

15th October 117 AD – Hadrian crosses the Cilician gates and arrives in Cappadocia (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Hadrian crossed the Cilician Gates (Pylae Ciciliae), the most famous mountain pass through the Taurus Mountain. The new Emperor was travelling northward into Cappadocia along the Via Tauri which run across the mountain chain. We know from a fragment of an itinerary found in Rome that Hadrian left Antioch… Continue reading 15th October 117 AD – Hadrian crosses the Cilician gates and arrives in Cappadocia (#Hadrian1900)

Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

At the beginning of October 117 AD, the moment came for Hadrian to leave Antioch for Rome, leaving the command of the province of Syria to Catilius Severus who had just been installed as legate. But the Emperor could not return directly to Rome. There was trouble with the tribes beyond the lower and middle… Continue reading 13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)