Asia Minor, Bithynia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

January AD 118 – 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 AD 118 – 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

Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Phrygia, Turkey

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

Bithynia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

Around the end of November AD 117, 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 AD 117 – Hadrian arrives in Nicaea (#Hadrian1900)

Asia Minor, Bithynia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

Galatia, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

At the end of October AD 117, 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 October, as suggested by the itinerary inscription found in Rome (see previous… Continue reading End of October AD 117 – Hadrian reaches Ancyra in Galatia (#Hadrian1900)

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

17 October AD 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 AD 117 and travelled northwards towards Ancyra (modern Ankara). The inscription… Continue reading 17 October AD 117 – Hadrian arrives in Tyana (#Hadrian1900)

Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

At the beginning of October AD 117, 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 13 October AD 117 – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

Cilicia, Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

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

On the 12th of August AD 117, 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 had… Continue reading 12 August AD 117 – A mysterious death occurs in Selinus (#Hadrian1900)

Hadrian1900, Roman Army, Syria, Turkey

11 August AD 117 – Hadrian is proclaimed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)

On the 11th of August AD 117, the news of Trajan's death in Selinus reached the 41-year-old Hadrian at Syrian Antioch where he was stationed as provincial governor. The army of Syria immediately hailed its legate as Imperator. 11 August was to be celebrated as Hadrian's dies imperii (the anniversary of his accession as emperor). On the third… Continue reading 11 August AD 117 – Hadrian is proclaimed emperor in Antioch (#Hadrian1900)