Exhibitions

Commemorating the 1900th Anniversary of Hadrian’s Accession to the Throne

It appears that I will not be the only one celebrating next year: the Archaeological Museum of Seville in southern Spain is planning to host an exhibition in 2017 to commemorate the 1900th anniversary of the accession of Hadrian to the imperial throne.

Celebrating Hadrian in 2017

A colloquium entitled “Symposium Hadrian 2017: Ideas for an exhibition (117-2017)” was held last October at the Archaeological Museum of Seville (see the program here). It was organised by the Department of Ancient History at the University Pablo de Olavide in Seville, in collaboration with the archaeological Museum of Sevilla and the archaeological site of Italica. They met in the capital of Andalusia with the curators of the most recent exhibitions on the emperor to discuss the forthcoming event in Seville.

Coloquio Adriano 2017 From left to right: el profesor de la UPO Juan Manuel Cortés Copete; el rector de la UPO Vicente Guzmán; la directora del Museo Arqueológico de Sevilla, Ana D. Navarro, y el director del Conjunto Arqueológico de Itálica, Antonio Pérez Paz.

From left to right: Juan Manuel Cortés Copete, professor of Ancient History at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide; Vicente Guzmán, rector of the Universidad Pablo de Olavide; Ana D. Navarro, director of the Archaeological Museum of Seville, and Antonio Pérez Paz, director of the Archaeological site of Itálica. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Universidad Pablo de Olavide.

The curators attending the colloquium included Thorsten Opper of the British Museum, responsible for the 2008 exhibition “Hadrian: Empire and Conflict”; Elena Calandra of the Soprintendente per i Beni Archeologici dell’Umbria who organised the 2014 exhibition “Hadrian and Greece” which took place at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli; Annalisa Lo Monaco and the team of the Capitoline Museums who curated the 2012-2013 exhibition “L’età dell’equilibrio.” Finally, Professor Milena Melfi of the Ashmolean Museum presented the results of the excavations at Adrianople in Albania.

By bringing these specialists together, the conference aimed at sharing their expertise and putting forward new initiatives for the future exhibition in Seville.

Bust of Hadrian, Archaeological Museum, Seville

Bust of Hadrian, Archaeological Museum, Seville

Colossal heroic statue of Hadrian, from Italica, Paros marble, Museum of Archaeology, Seville

Colossal heroic statue of Hadrian, from Italica, Paros marble, Museum of Archaeology, Seville

Hadrian rose to power on the 11th of August 117 AD. I intend to mark this anniversary with my Hadrian1900 project and by making the trip to Seville to see the special exhibition. To learn more about my Hadrian1900 project, check the following page here.

Me and Hadrian at the Archaeological Museum of Seville in February 2016. Image © Carole Raddato.

Hadrian and I at the Archaeological Museum of Seville in February 2016. Image © Carole Raddato.

Read more about the events here.

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Carole Raddato’s favourite hobby is travelling and for the last 8 years she has taken a huge interest in the history of the ancient world. She has dedicated all her free time to this passion. She loves to share with other history fans all the incredible facts and stories that she discovers throughout her journeys. She is neither a professional photographer nor an ancient history scholar, but she hopes that everybody can enjoy her photos. She is particularly interested in everything related to the emperor Hadrian whom she finds fascinating. He was himself an incessant traveller, visiting every province in the Empire during his reign. When Carole is looking for new ideas for her travels, she usually takes inspiration from his journeys and it is a great motivation for her to follow him in his footsteps.