In the early spring of AD 118, Hadrian reached the Danubian province of Lower Moesia (present-day Dobrudja in Romania). This territory, located between the lower Danube river and the Black Sea, was established as the province of Moesia in the last years of Augustus' reign and later separated into two parts (Upper and Lower Moesia) in… Continue reading Early spring AD 118 – Hadrian conducts negotiations with the king of the Roxolani in Moesia Inferior (#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)
The Archaeological Museum of Seville is currently hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian's accession to the imperial throne. In AD 117 Hadrian inherited the control of the Roman Empire from Trajan who had been his guardian and had named him as his successor. The families of both men came from Spain,… Continue reading Exhibition: ‘Hadrian Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome’ in Seville (#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 AD 118 – Hadrian celebrates the 20th anniversary of Trajan’s accession (#Hadrian1900)
Happy 1942nd birthday, Hadrian! This year I decided to cook Cato's Globi (Pastry Balls) as Hadrian's birthday cake. Globi (original recipe from LacusCurtius): Mix the cheese and spelt in the same way (as Libum), sufficient to make the number desired. Pour lard into a hot copper vessel, and fry one or two at a time,… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Hadriane!
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 AD 14. 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)
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)
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
Happy Saturnalia to all! December 17 marked the beginning of Saturnalia, one of the most popular festivals in Ancient Rome. The midwinter celebrations lasted for several days (the number changed through the Roman era) and it was a time of feasting, partying, playing games, gift-giving and role-reversal. It was the merriest festival of the year… Continue reading IO Saturnalia!
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)