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28 January 118 AD – Hadrian celebrates the 20th anniversary of Trajan’s accession (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, four days after his 42nd birthday, Hadrian celebrated the 20th anniversary of Trajan's accession, the first since the emperor's death at Selinus five months earlier. Festivities took place throughout the empire as Roman citizens remembered the Optimus Princeps as a successful soldier-emperor who presided over the greatest military expansion in… Continue reading 28 January 118 AD – Hadrian celebrates the 20th anniversary of Trajan’s accession (#Hadrian1900)

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9 August 117 AD – Trajan’s letter of adoption reaches Hadrian (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, Trajan's letter of adoption (litteras adoptionis) was made public when it reached Hadrian in Antioch. Hadrian was now Caesar. As previously mentioned (see here), there was some uncertainty about whether or not Trajan had adopted Hadrian before his death or whether the adoption was staged by Plotina. The ancient… Continue reading 9 August 117 AD – Trajan’s letter of adoption reaches Hadrian (#Hadrian1900)

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8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

On this day 1,900 years ago, after a 19 year reign of military glory, the Emperor Trajan died at the coastal town of Selinus (present-day Gazipaşa, about 180 km to the East of Antalya on the southern coast of Turkey) in western Cilicia. According to Cassius Dio, Trajan fell seriously ill after an unsuccessful siege of… Continue reading 8th August 117 AD – Trajan dies at Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

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The 115 AD earthquake in Antioch

On 13 December 115 AD¹, Hadrian survived a violent and devastating earthquake while wintering in Antioch during Trajan's campaign in the east. Hadrian had been in Syria since January 114 AD as imperial legate (envoy to the emperor), and as such, had taken up residence in Antiochia ad Orontem (Antioch on the Orontes). The city… Continue reading The 115 AD earthquake in Antioch