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)

Epigraphy, Hadrian, Museum

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. ---

Athens, Epigraphy, Exhibition, Greece, Hadrian1900

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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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)

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)

Asia Minor, Bithynia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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)

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. He had received news of the uprising of the Sarmatian tribes who… Continue reading 13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

Alexandria, Egypt, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Roman Egypt

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)

Cilicia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

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

On this day 1,900 years ago, 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)