Spotlight Lecture

Emperors of Rome – Hadrian – Wednesday 4 May 2022

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Hadrian, the emperor who travelled throughout the empire during his reign in order to bring the provinces together, built an enormous villa in Tivoli, outside Rome, which mirrored various parts of the empire. In order to encapsulate his love for Greece, Hadrian built the poikile, an enormous peristyle which recreated the famous Athenian stoa, all the while providing the emperor with the contemplative space needed in order to bring his philosophical ideas together. More famously, Hadrian recreated the Canope, the pleasure resort on Nile, in order to commemorate the love of his life, the young Antinous, who drowned in the river. The villa at Tivoli encapsulates Hadrian in another way, reflecting his passion for architecture. This is evident in the many intricate domes, as well as the innovative use of space. Nothing spells Hadrian as much as this extraordinary villa.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 4 May 2022

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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