Friday, July 25, 2008

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict

The British Museum just opened yesterday a new exhibit called Hadrian: Empire and Conflict. I wish I was in England to see it. Here is a description from the site:

This special exhibition explores the life, love and legacy of Rome’s most enigmatic emperor, Hadrian (reigned AD 117–138). Ruling an empire that comprised much of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East, Hadrian was a capable and, at times, ruthless military leader. He realigned borders and quashed revolt, stabilising a territory critically overstretched by his predecessor, Trajan.

Hadrian had a great passion for architecture and Greek culture. His extensive building programme included the Pantheon in Rome, his villa in Tivoli and the city of Antinoopolis, which he founded and named after his male lover Antinous. This unprecedented exhibition provides fresh insight into the sharp contradictions of Hadrian’s character and challenges faced during his reign. Objects from 28 museums worldwide and finds from recent excavations are shown together for the first time to reassess his legacy, which remains strikingly relevant today.

There is a ton of good Hadrian material at Explore more about Hadrian online. And of course, you can always shop online.

1 comment:

Forovid said...

I stayed in Rome a week ago.
Pantheon of Agrippa was great!!!
But the Forum was the greatest i`ve ever seen!