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The villa's recreation of Canopus, a resort near Alexandria, as seen from the temple of Serapis
The villa's recreation of Canopus, a resort near Alexandria, as seen from the temple of Serapis
Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy in refined mosaic, from the villa (Capitoline Museum, Rome)
Theatrical masks of Tragedy and Comedy in refined mosaic, from the villa (Capitoline Museum, Rome)

The Villa of the Emperor Hadrian at Tivoli, Italy, even in ruined condition is one of the most spectacular Roman gardens of which it is possible still to get a sense by visiting the site. "Walking around it today, it is still possible to experience something of the variety of architectural forms and settings, and the skillful way in which Hadrian and his architect have contrived the meetings of the axes, the surprises that await the turning of a corner, and the vistas that open to view." Sir Banister Fletcher wrote in his History of Architecture. Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 489 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Download high resolution version (1536x1024, 489 KB) Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Canopus (also: Canobus) was an Ancient Egyptian coastal town, located in the Nile Delta. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 250 KB) Tragic and Comic theatrical masks: fine mosaic from Hadrians Villa, Capitoline Museum, Rome Source antmoose, 4June 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x768, 250 KB) Tragic and Comic theatrical masks: fine mosaic from Hadrians Villa, Capitoline Museum, Rome Source antmoose, 4June 2005 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Piazza del Campidoglio, on the top of Capitoline Hill The Capitoline Hill (Capitolinus Mons), between the Forum and the Campus Martius, is one of the famous and highest of the seven hills of Rome, the site of a temple for the Capitoline Triad: the gods Jupiter, his wife Juno and... Tivoli, Italy,located on a hill 40 kilometres (25 miles) from Rome, also called Tibur, because the roman Tibur road pass through it. ... The Gillette Factory on the Great West Road, Brentford, Middlesex. ...


The villa created at Tibur as a retreat from Rome for Hadrian early in the 2nd century was a complex of over 30 buildings, covering an area of at least 1 square kilometre (c. 250 acres) of which much is still unexcavated. Hadrian's Villa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tivoli (population 55,000), the classical Tibur, is an ancient Italian town some 20 km from Rome (Latium), at the falls of the Aniene, where it issues from the Sabine hills. ... A bust of Hadrian from a Venice museum Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus (January 24, 76–July 10, 138), known as Hadrian in English, was Roman emperor from 117–138, and a member of the gens Aelia. ... UNESCO logo The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system established in 1945. ... World Heritage Site #86: Memphis and its Necropolis, including the Pyramids of Giza (Egypt). ...


Hadrian's Villa was the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden, recreating a sacred landscape, still traceable in spite of the despoliation of the ruins by the Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, who had much of the marble removed to build his gardens at the Villa d'Este nearby. Park of the Villa dEste, Carl Blechen, 1830 The gardens at the Villa dEste The Villa dEste is a masterpiece of Italian architecture and garden design. ...


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Hadrian's Villa, Tivoli [Introduction - part 1 of 7] (Photo Archive) (1531 words)
Hadrian's Villa (Villa Hadriana) is a large Roman villa built by the emperor Hadrian in the early second century CE.
Hadrian was born in Spain, just like his predecessor Trajan, and the senate and the local aristocracy had trouble coming to terms with another provincial on the imperial throne.
Trajan's adoption of Hadrian on his deathbed was immediately cast in doubt, and when four military leaders, all Roman aristocrats who had been close to Trajan and hence possible contenders for the throne, were assassinated immediately after Trajan's death, the senate immediately suspected Hadrian of having ordered the killings.
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