Studies in Art

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The Roman Emperor Hadrian (117 to 138AD) ruled a mighty empire which stretched from Britain to North Africa and from Spain to the Middle East. Hadrian was a brilliant political and military strategist but also a man of contradictions, combining both extreme ruthlessness and great charm.

This course will explore Hadrian’s complex character, his extraordinary military achievements in consolidating his empire, his passion for Greek culture, his relationship with Antinous and his love of architecture which saw the creation of magnificent and innovative buildings such as the Pantheon and his villa at Tivoli.


Tuesday 7 October 2008

10.30am
Hadrian, The New Nero?
Nicholas Purcell, St. John’s College, University of Oxford

12.00noon
Hadrian’s Monuments to Trajan
Amanda Claridge, Reader, Royal Holloway, University of London

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit to the Roman Empire Gallery at the British Museum with Paul Roberts, Curator, Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum


Tuesday 14 October 2008

10.30am
Portraiture in the Age of Hadrian
Amanda Claridge, Reader, Royal Holloway, University of London

12.00noon
A Man with Thirty Legions: Hadrian and his Army
Boris Rankov, Professor of Ancient History, Royal Holloway, University of London

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Hadrian and the Intellectuals Revisited
Dr. Harry Sidebottom, Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at St. Benets Hall and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College, University of Oxford


Tuesday 21 October 2008

10.30am
In Search of Hadrian
Thorsten Opper, Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum and Curator of the Hadrian Exhibition

12.00noon
Reconstructing Hadrian’s Wall
Professor David Breeze, Historic Scotland

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Visit to the exhibition “Hadrian: Empire and Conflict” at the British Museum


Tuesday 28 October 2008

10.30am
Health and Healing in Hadrian’s Empire
Ralph Jackson, Curator, Department of Prehistory and Europe, British Museum

12.00noon
Amphitheatres in Roman Briton
Tony Wilmott, Senior Archaeologist, English Heritage

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Reading Hadrian’s Villa
Dr Janet DeLaine, University of Oxford