Hadrian roman emperor bust
Lover of Hellenism
Publius Aelius Hadrianus, known as Emperor Imperator Caesar Traianus Hadrianus Augustus
* 24th January 76 in Italica in the vicinity of today's Seville or in Rome. D. July 10, 138, Baiae
Hadrian was the fourteenth Roman Emperor from 117 to 138.
Hadrian was inclined to the Stoic philosophy and is regarded as the third of the five good emperors. Together with his philosophical Greek orientation, he is also known for his appreciation of Greek culture (Philhellenism). He was related by marriage to his predecessor Trajan’s family, under which he held high offices. In contrast to his predecessor, he led no larger aggressive war, but was involved in a long and most bloody Jewish uprising, the Bar Kokhba war in Palestine. Furthermore, he arranged fixtures of Imperial borders, inter alia through the Hadrian's wall which is named after him.
The special feature of this replica is its being manufactured from hardened marble dust with bronze colour. The original of the bust was found in the sea at Caesarea and can today be admired at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. The original dates from the year 135 to 138 AD. The replica is a real collector's item!
- High-quality Roman bust of the emperor Hadrian
- Total weight approx. 6,5 kg
- Height of the Hadrian head: approx. 38cm
- Total height with Base: approx. 48 cm
Hadrian's love belonged to Greece!
Hadrian was born on 24th January 76 in Italica in Spain, close to his relatives and guardians of Trajan. In the year 117 he was adopted by Trajan and became his successor. Immediately, he renounced the conquests of Trajan in Mesopotamia, Armenia and Assyria and during his numerous trips attempted to consolidate the Empire.
Peace and prosperity inside and securing the borders (Hadrian's wall) to the outside were the main concerns of the Emperor, whose eclectic and imaginative interests alienated him from his environment. Hadrian's sense of the establishment or re-establishment of cities (Hadrianopolis), the present-day Edirne, and his brisk construction activity, for which his mausoleum in Rome (Castel Sant'Angelo), the Villa at Tivoli and Hadrian town in Athens are important examples were an expression of cosmopolitan thinking that was imbued with the ideals of the Hellenistic period.
The Emperor also became famous for his love affair with the young boy Antoninus, whose mysterious death in the Nile overshadowed the Emperor’s last eight years of his life.
Hadrian died on July 10, 138 in Baiae, after he had adopted his successor Antoninus Pius a year earlier.
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