Epigraphy, Hadrian1900, Turkey

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

At the beginning of October 117 AD, 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. There was trouble with the tribes beyond the lower and middle… Continue reading 13th October 117 AD – Hadrian travels back to Rome and reaches Mopsucrene (#Hadrian1900)

Hadrian1900, Trajan

Late September 117 AD – Hadrian receives the Senate’s response to his letter (#Hadrian1900)

After the death of Trajan on 8th August 117, Hadrian drafted from Syria a 'carefully worded' letter to the Senate in Rome in which he reported his accession and requested divine honours for his adoptive father. He also apologised for having assumed the imperial title only on the acclamation of the army, on the ground that… Continue reading Late September 117 AD – Hadrian receives the Senate’s response to his letter (#Hadrian1900)

Cilicia, Hadrian, Hadrian1900, Trajan, Turkey

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)

Hadrian1900, Numismatics

10€ gold coin to commemorate Hadrian

The Italian State Mint will issue a new collector coin in March 2017 to mark the 1900th anniversary of the beginning of Hadrian's reign (117 - 2017). The obverse shows a bust of Hadrian's facing right. It was inspired by a portrait of Hadrian which is housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Around the bust… Continue reading 10€ gold coin to commemorate Hadrian

Antinous, Hadrian, Italy, Roman art, Roman Portraiture, Rome

The Hadrianic Tondi on the Arch of Constantine

The Arch of Constantine, dedicated on 25 July 315 AD, stands in Rome between the Colosseum and the Palatine Hill, at what was once the beginning of the Via Triumphalis. As described on its attic inscription, it commemorates Constantine’s victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge on 28 October 312 AD over the tyrant… Continue reading The Hadrianic Tondi on the Arch of Constantine

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‘Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze’ exhibition in Jerusalem

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem held until the end of June 2016 an exhibition dedicated to Hadrian: 'Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze'. The exhibition was curated by David Merovah (Curator of Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine Archaeology) and Rachel Caine Kreinin (Associate Curator) from the Israel Museum together with Thorsten Opper (Curator of the Department of… Continue reading ‘Hadrian: An Emperor Cast in Bronze’ exhibition in Jerusalem

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Marguerite Yourcenar and Hadrian in Bavay (France)

The Forum Antique de Bavay, located in northern France, is currently hosting a small exhibition devoted to the book Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian).  The exhibition sheds light on the genesis of Mémoires d'Hadrien and presents archaeological objects and ancient texts. It provides insight into the meticulous work behind Marguerite Yourcenar's historic novel, compiling postcards and photographs… Continue reading Marguerite Yourcenar and Hadrian in Bavay (France)

Archaeology Travel, Asia Minor, Epigraphy, Galatia, Hadrian, Museum, Turkey

The cuirassed statue of Hadrian from Ancyra’s theatre (Ankara, Turkey)

Hadrian and his travels have often served as the guiding thread for my travels. However my recent trip to Turkey had a different focus, the Hittite civilization, with one of the highlight being a visit to the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara. After dazzling at the magnificent artifacts on display on the main floor… Continue reading The cuirassed statue of Hadrian from Ancyra’s theatre (Ankara, Turkey)

Hadrian's Villa, Museum, Mythology, Roman art, Roman villa

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: The Lansdowne Relief

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a dark grey limestone relief decorated with mythological scenes. The relief was unearthed in 1769 during excavations undertook by the art dealer and archaeologist Gavin Hamilton who sold it to Lord Lansdowne. The latter was an avid collector of antiquities who owned a fine collection of classical sculptures… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: The Lansdowne Relief

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Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble head of Hypnos

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of Hypnos, the Greek god of Sleep. Hypnos is represented as a young man with wings attached to his temples (now lost). The head must have been part of a full length statue showing Hypnos running forwards, holding in his hands poppies and a vessel… Continue reading Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble head of Hypnos