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Statue of Hadrian, 135 CE

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Statue of Hadrian. Photo by Ardon Bar Hama.

Hadrian, Roman emperor from 117 CE to 138 CE, ruthlessly quashed the Bar Kokba Revolt and resettled Jerusalem as Aelia Capitolina.

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 program included the Pantheon in Rome, his villa in Tivoli and the city of Antinoopolis, which he founded and named after his male lover Antinous.

British Museum- Hadrian Empire and Conflict Overview

“Hadrian- A Portrait in Bronze,” BAR Nov-Dec 1997.

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