Following Hadrian

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Late spring 118 AD – Hadrian inspects his troops along the Danube Limes (#Hadrian1900)

Soon after suppressing the disturbances that had broken out in Moesia Inferior (see previous post here), Hadrian embarked on a quick inspection of …

Ancient History

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Osiris-Canopus jar

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a grey basalt Osiris-Canopus jar. The vase represents a form of the Egyptian god Osiris depicted as a …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: The Furietti Centaurs

This month’s sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa are a pair of dark-grey marble statues of centaurs. The sculptures became very famous due to their …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Fragment of a marble panel with Dionysiac subjects

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a fragment of a dark grey marble panel with depictions of a centaur and a herm of Hercules. Formerly …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Three mosaic panels with bucolic scenes

This month’s masterpiece from Hadrian’s Villa is a series of heavily restored mosaic panels depicting bucolic scenes with animals. The first panel …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Imperial portraits of Hadrian’s successors

This month’s sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa are portraits of Roman emperors and empresses who rose to power after Hadrian. After the death of …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Headless statue of Athena

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a headless statue of Athena of the Vescovali-Arezzo Type and made of Luna marble. The goddess is …

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 …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: The marble theatrical masks

This month’s masterpieces from Hadrian’s Villa are the larger than life-size marble theatrical masks that once decorated the scaenae frons …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of a dancing female figure

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of a dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon. Praxilla …

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

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of Antinous, one of the ten marble images of Antinous found there.Antinous, from …

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.Marble head of Hypnos, the Greek god of sleep, 117-138 …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble head of a female divinity, Persephone?

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of a female divinity, probably Persephone, the daughter of Demeter and queen of the …

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

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of Antinous depicted as the god Dionysos, the closest Greek equivalent to the Egyptian …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble head of a companion of Odysseus

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble head of a companion of Odysseus, copied after a famous work of the Hellenistic period.Marble …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Statue of the young god Hermes, known as ‘Capitoline Antinous’

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of a young nude, the so-called ‘Capitoline Antinous‘. It was found in 1723/24 during …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Black-and-white mosaics with geometric and floral motifs

This month’s masterpieces from Hadrian’s Villa are the black-and-white mosaics with geometric and floral motifs from the Hospitalia (guesthouse).<p>The …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Eight statues of seated Muses

This month’s masterpieces from Hadrian’s Villa are eight marble statues depicting seated muses.<p>In Greek mythology, the Muses were sister goddesses of …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Head of a diademed goddess

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a head of a goddess made of Pentelic marble. She is wearing a diadem in her wavy hair that are …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble relief depicting a youth with his horse

This month’s masterpiece from Hadrian’s Villa is a bas-relief representing a boy with a horse, probably Castor taming his horse, accompanied by a dog.<p>…

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Mosaic of the Doves

This month’s masterpiece from Hadrian’s Villa is a mosaic depicting a group of doves drinking from an ornate bowl, known as the Capitoline Doves.<p>The …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Flora, goddess of flowers and the season of spring

“As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses: I was Chloris, who am now called Flora.” Ovid<p>This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of a crouching Aphrodite

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, crouching at her bath. The original was made in the …

Hadrian’s Villa

Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana) in Tivoli near Rome is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created by Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. Almost …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of Apollo holding a lyre

This week’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of Apollo (Apollo Citharoedus). It was found on the site of the round Temple of Venus</i> …

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Mosaic, Pair of centaurs fighting wild cats

This week marks the start of a new set of pictures called “Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa”.<p>Hadrian was the greatest patron of the arts. His …

Early spring 118 AD – Hadrian conducts negotiations with the king of the Roxolani in Moesia Inferior (#Hadrian1900)

In the early spring of 118 AD, Hadrian reached the Danubian province of Lower Moesia (present-day Dobrudja in Romania). This territory, located …

Exhibition: “Hadrian, Saviour and Builder” at the Fethiye Mosque in Athens (#Hadrian1900)

An exhibition entitled ‘Hadrian, Savior and Builder’ is currently being held at the newly restored Fethiye Mosque in Athens’ Roman Agora. The …

Exhibition: “Hadrian Metamorphosis: The birth of a new Rome” in Seville (#Hadrian1900)

The Archaeological Museum of Seville is currently hosting an exhibition to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of Hadrian’s accession to the imperial …