This is a superb post about the exhibition of Hadrian at Athens.
Since November of 2017, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens and the Italian Archaeological School at Athens have been hosting a temporary exhibition called “Hadrian and Athens. Conversing with an Ideal World“ in the Gallery 31a of the Sculpture Collection. The exhibition celebrates the 1900 years since the beginning of Hadrian’s principate in August AD 117, an anniversary that has already been celebrated in various ways by many other European museums and cultural institutions (see Seville, Budapest, Fethiye Mosque, Acropolis Museum).
A known Philhellene, Hadrian had the nickname ‘Graeculus’ as a child (HA, Hadr. 1.5) and, contrary to the norms, wore a beard associated with the Greeks. He spent more than half of his reign travelling around the empire, with extended periods in the East, especially in the Greek mainland and in the provinces of Asia Minor. By his numerous…
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