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)
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 14 AD. 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 118 AD – 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 for 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 117 AD – Hadrian sends a letter of reply to Hierapolis (#Hadrian1900)
Around the end of November 117 AD, 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 117 AD – Hadrian arrives in Nicaea (#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 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Juliopolis in Bithynia (#Hadrian1900)
At the end of October 117 AD 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 the month, as suggested by the itinerary inscription found in Rome (see… Continue reading End of October 117 AD – Hadrian reaches Ancyra in Galatia (#Hadrian1900)