Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Turkey

Naked statue of Hadrian reworked in the late 3rd century, from Perge, Antalya Museum

This naked statue of Hadrian with a small Nike at his feet was discovered in 1992 during the excavations of the stage building of the theatre at Perge, an ancient Greek city in Anatolia and the capital of Pamphylia. The statue was found broken in several pieces and was later restored to an almost complete… Continue reading Naked statue of Hadrian reworked in the late 3rd century, from Perge, Antalya Museum

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Cuirassed statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica, from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

The larger than life size marble statue depicts Hadrian (from the Chiaramonti 392 type) in military garb including a leather molded chest covering (cuirass), a military cloak (paludamentum) draped over his shoulder and arm, a special belt (cingulum), a knee length garment (tunic), sandals, etc.  His head is crowned with a tall wreath of oak… Continue reading Cuirassed statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica, from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

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Marble head of Hadrian, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

In February 98 AD, Hadrian travelled from Moguntiacum (Mainz) to Colonia Agrippinensis (Cologne) to inform Trajan, the then governor of Germania Inferior, of the death of his adoptive father Nerva (who had died on 27 January) and to congratulate him on his accession to the imperial throne. Hadrian's first visit to the German provinces as… Continue reading Marble head of Hadrian, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne

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Portrait of Empress Sabina (wife of Hadrian), ca. 130 AD, Altes Museum (Berlin)

Vibia Sabina (83-136 A.D.), a relative of Trajan, was married very young to the future emperor, Hadrian.  The comparison with coins, physiognomy, hairstyle and diadem allows for the portrait's identification as the Empress Sabina.

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Statue of Hadrian from Troia IX, found in the Odeon, Troy (Ilium), Canakkale Museum

The emperor Hadrian visited Ilium (Troy) in 124 AD. In 1993, archaeologists discovered a larger-than-life cuirassed statue of Hadrian in the Odeon. Serving as a public meeting place and concert-hall, this civic building, dating from the time of Augustus, was extensively renovated by Hadrian and perhaps served as a place to present his own poem… Continue reading Statue of Hadrian from Troia IX, found in the Odeon, Troy (Ilium), Canakkale Museum

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Marble head of Hadrian with laurel wreath, from Carthage (North Africa), dating from circa 128 AD

Mixed portraiture type: Baiae & Imperatori 32. The photograph was taken during the exhibition "L'image et le pouvoir. Le siècle des Antonins" (Image and power. The age of the Antonines) at the Musée Saint-Raymond in Toulouse (France). The head is currently in storage at the Louvre, Paris. Inv. Ma 1187

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Hadrian and his beloved Antinous, Glyptothek, Munich

Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty

Fragmentary bust of Hadrian, from the area of Santa Bibiana at Termini station, ca. 117-120, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

Inv. no. 124.491 Termini portrait sculptural type. This fragmentary bust was discovered in 1941 during work on the main train station (Stazione Termini) hence known now as the "Stazione Termini" type (eight similar examples are known).

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Bronze head from a statue of Hadrian, British Museum

Type: Variant of Stazione Termini type Found in the River Thames near London Bridge (1834) This head comes from a statue of Hadrian that probably stood in Roman London (Londinium) in a public space such as a forum. It would have been one and a quarter times life-size. The statue may have been put up… Continue reading Bronze head from a statue of Hadrian, British Museum

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Statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica (Civic Crown), from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

Inv. no. 3861-3863 Baiae portrait sculptural type. The emperor is depicted here as a nude hero. A paludamentum is draped over his left shoulder and arm. In his left hand is the sheath and sword and he wears a laurel wreath on his head.