Felix dies natalis, Hadriane!

Happy Birthday! Felicitaciones! ~ Und vor allem vielen Dank an Carole für die vielen interessanten, unterhaltsamen Artikel zum Thema „Hadrian“!


Happy 1944th birthday, Hadrian!

This year, I decided to bake a honey cake as Hadrian’s birthday cake.


  • 3 eggs
  • 200 grams liquid honey
  • 50 grams spelt flour


Whip eggs with an electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat them until they are stiff and form peaks. Slowly pour in the honey, and continue to mix until well incorporated. Add the flour, small amounts at a time, by folding it into the egg mixture. Continue this until all of the flour has been incorporated. Pour the mixture into a greased 17cm cake tin, and bake for 30-40mins at 200°C. It is best served warm, with honey drizzled on it.


For dinner, I cooked one of my favourite Apician recipes, Pullus Vardanus (Chicken à la Varus). You can find the recipe here.


  • 1.4 kg chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • 3 tbsp Liquamen…

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The forest inscriptions of Hadrian in Mount Lebanon

Beautifully documented, scientifically written – I like this blog soo much! My compliments!


Lebanon is famously known for the presence of a very special kind of tree, the legendary cedar tree (cedrus libani). It is emblazoned on the national flag and is, due to its long history, one of the most defining features of Lebanon’s culture. The country is the most densely wooded in the Middle East, and pines, oaks, firs, cypresses and junipers are also found in the mountain areas. All these species of trees were an important source of timber for early civilizations of the Near East and the Nile.

The cedars of Lebanon.

Wood was one of the most sought-after commodities in antiquity, and references to the cedars go as far back as the beginning of the written script. The episode of the visit of Gilgamesh with his companion Enkidu to a forest to destroy the guardian monster and cut the trees can be traced back to the third millennium…

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Exhibition: ‚Antinous: Boy made God‘ at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK)

What an impressive collection! Definitely worth a visit – well, after this complete article we already learned a lot.


Antinous has attracted renewed fascination since the High Renaissance. In the early 1500s, several portraits of the ‚boy-favourite‘ were known in Rome, and numerous works of art were modelled on him. A clear example of the appeal of Antinous from this time may be seen in Lorenzetto’s statue of Jonah in the Chuch of Santa Maria del Popolo in Rome. The head of the famous Farnese Antinous seems to have provided the model for the statue of the biblical prophet which was designed by none other than Raphael, one of the most famous artists of his time. The statue became one of the earliest post-classical visual representations of Antinous.


By the 1700s, the beautiful Bithynian had transformed from a scandalous decadent pagan into an archetype of classical male beauty and Romantic ideal. Young aristocrats who, in the eighteen century, made the ‚Grand Tour‘ of Italy to collect…

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January AD 119 – Hadrian inaugurates the new year in Rome (#Hadrian1900)

Instead of a Happy New Year article I am glad to forward this to you.

A peaceful, successful, and meaningful Year 2019 to you all!



1,900 years ago, Hadrian celebrated the new year (year 872 Ab urbe condita) in Rome as consul for the third time (COS III) and appointed Publius Dasumius Rusticus as ordinary consul.

Rusticus is known only from his consulship and the reason why he received this prestigious honour is not known. It may be that he was a childhood friend or associate of Hadrian’s. The Dasumii family originated from Hispania Baetica, the home province of Hadrian. Together with the Aelli (Hadrian’s family) and the Ulpii (Trajan’s family), the Damusii were part of the intellectual, economic and political elite of the Empire.

Inscription from Stobi (Macedonia) mentioning the consulship of Publius Dasumius Rusticus. AD 119.
[P]ro [sal(ute) I]mp(eratoris) Tra[iani Hadriani Aug(usti) Libero statu]/[a]m posuit L(ucius) Dexsius(!) Longinus vet(e)ranus ex praet(orio) / Imp(eratore) Caes(are) Traiano (H)adriano Aug(usto) III P(ublio) Dasumio Rustico co(n)s(ulibus) de s/[uis]
© Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss / Slaby…

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