Hadrian Exhibition: Empire and Conflict (London) Reviews
Newest Review: ... acquainted with his features, the beard, the peculiar ear lobes, and that, together with some detail of his family who made their money shipping olive oil from Spain (cue artistic display of oil jars), makes him seem almost normal. Rich, well-connected, but normal. Then you look at the map of the empire he controlled, and again at the huge statue, and you realise this was no "first among equals" but a world ruler with absolute power. This takes us neatly into the war and peace section. We are told that when Hadrian became emperor (in 117AD) "the empire was in turmoil". Well apart from the early days of the Augustan P... more
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by - written on 09/09/08 (Very useful, 152 readings)
"Empire and Conflict" is the title of this Hadrian exhibition, although I think, if asked, most people in the UK would find "Emperor and Wall Builder Extraordinaire" more appropriate. So associated is he with walls, there was even a brand of paint called Hadrian (a "deep gloss paint" if I remember rightly) - how humiliating is that? Of course, the wall-building is a very parochial view of a vast empire that covered most of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East and of which we occupied a small corner. I like Hadrian. I've visited his Wall and the forts along it, and many years ago went to the ruins of his enormous villa at ... Read the complete review
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