Hadrian, Rome, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Roma!

Today (21st April) is the traditional date given for the founding of Rome. According to Roman mythology, the founders were Romulus and Remus, twin brothers and supposed sons of the god Mars and the priestess Rhea Silvia. The twins were then abandoned by their parents as babies (because of a prophecy that they would overthrow their great-uncle… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Roma!

Rome, SPQR, Trajan

The Column of Trajan, Rome

Column of Trajan, Carrara marble, completed in 113 AD, Trajan's Forum, Rome On this day (26th May) 107 AD, Trajan celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Dacians. The celebrations lasted 123 days and entertained the populace with a vast display of gladiators and animals. In Rome, Apollodorus of Damascus designed and built in the huge… Continue reading The Column of Trajan, Rome

Britannia, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty

Bronze head from a statue of Hadrian, British Museum

Type: Variant of Stazione Termini type Found in the River Thames near London Bridge (1834) This head comes from a statue of Hadrian that probably stood in Roman London (Londinium) in a public space such as a forum. It would have been one and a quarter times life-size. The statue may have been put up… Continue reading Bronze head from a statue of Hadrian, British Museum

Marcus Aurelius, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Roman Portraiture, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Marce Aureli!

Marcus Aurelius was born Marcus Annius Verus on April 26, 121 AD of an aristocratic family of Spanish origin (from Ucubi, a small town southeast of Cordoba in Baetica). He was the last of the five "good" emperors of Rome and a major Stoic philosopher. When Marcus Aurelius was a young child he gained the attention… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Marce Aureli!

Roman Portraiture, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!

Septimius Severus was born on 11 April AD 145 in the African city of Leptis Magna, whose magnificent ruins are located in modern-day Libya, 130 miles east of Tripoli. --- Although Severus was not a member of the Antonine Dynasty, he and his descendants had close ties with the Antonine emperors. Severus' grandfather was a duumvir under Trajan, his cousins received suffect… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!