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Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an Ideal World’ at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (#Hadrian1900)

Since November of 2017, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Italian Archaeological School at Athens have been hosting a temporary exhibition called "Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an Ideal World" in the Gallery 31a of the Sculpture Collection. The exhibition celebrates the 1900 years since the beginning of Hadrian's principate in August AD… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an Ideal World’ at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (#Hadrian1900)

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Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Antinous: an encounter, 19 centuries later’ at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (#Hadrian1900)

In the context of “The Unseen Museum” rotating-object programme and the temporary exhibition untitled "Hadrian and Athens Conversing with an Ideal World" which is currently taking place in the Gallery 31a of the Sculpture Collection, the Archaeological Museum of Athens brought to the fore two unique artefacts from the unknown world of their storerooms. Fifteen selected antiquities had… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Antinous: an encounter, 19 centuries later’ at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens (#Hadrian1900)

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AD 118 – 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 AD 117, returned with a letter from the emperor.… Continue reading AD 118 – Hadrian sends letters of reply to Astypalaea and Delphi (#Hadrian1900)

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

An exhibition entitled 'Hadrian, Saviour 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… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrian, Saviour and Builder’ at the Fethiye Mosque in Athens (#Hadrian1900)

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Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum of Athens

The Acropolis Museum in Athens celebrated the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's accession with the presentation of an exquisite portrait of the Emperor found in Syngrou Avenue and of an interesting video which showcased the Emperor’s immense building program in Athens. The presentation run from 15th January to 31st March 2017. Hadrian was a dedicated philhellene… Continue reading Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum of Athens

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Photoset: The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae (Greece), the so-called “Parthenon of the Peloponnese”

"Off all the temples in the Peloponnese this one could be considered second only to the temple at Tegea for its proportions and the beauty of its stone". Pausanias, "Description of Greece", Book VIII, 41, 8 The Temple of Apollo Epikourios ('Apollo the Helper') was built in a quiet and isolated site, high on a… Continue reading Photoset: The Temple of Apollo Epikourios at Bassae (Greece), the so-called “Parthenon of the Peloponnese”

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Photoset: The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

Cape of Sounion, with its famous temple dedicated to the god Poseidon, is one of the most beautiful natural areas of Attica and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Greece. In ancient times it was called Sounias Akra (edge) and was connected with the legends of Athens and the Aegean. Cape Sounion is the… Continue reading Photoset: The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

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Exploring Hadrian’s Athens

Hadrian was a dedicated philhellene who admired Greek culture and did his best to be accepted and admired by the Greeks. He visited Greece three times when he was emperor (AD 124/5, 128/9 and 131/2) and he was especially fond of Athens. Pausanias writes that "the Emperor Hadrian generosity to his subjects was bestowed most… Continue reading Exploring Hadrian’s Athens

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Following Hadrian in Achaia

In just a few hours I will be travelling to Greece in Hadrian's footsteps, retracing the journey he undertook in the province of Achaia in 124-125 AD. “Hardly any emperor ever traveled with such speed over so much territory” the Historia Augusta tells us. Surely Hadrian was the emperor who honored the provinces with his presence… Continue reading Following Hadrian in Achaia

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Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Greece’ at Villa Adriana, from 9 April to 2 November 2014

From today, the Villa Adriana's Antiquarium is hosting an important new exhibition: "Hadrian and Greece. Hadrian's Villa between Classicism and Hellenism". Fifty masterpieces have arrived at Villa Adriana on loan from Greek museums (from Athens, Marathon, Piraeus and Corinth and Villa of Herodes Atticus in Loukou), many of them never exhibited in Italy before. The… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrian and Greece’ at Villa Adriana, from 9 April to 2 November 2014