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Arch of Hadrian

This is a gateway supposed to have been erected in honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his triumph over, I cannot recall what. It dates back to 132AD. There are some inscriptions on the arch, right above the arch, but it is not entirely easy to make it out. I have a small view of it, but there is not much more remaining of beyond this. There are several ruins in Athens, much more impressive than this, so I would not be surprised if it it gets skipped over by tourists.

Arch of Hadrian

This is a gateway supposed to have been erected in honour of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his triumph over, I cannot recall what. It dates back to 132AD. There are some inscriptions on the arch, right above the arch, but it is not entirely easy to make it out. I have a small view of it, but there is not much more remaining of beyond this. There are several ruins in Athens, much more impressive than this, so I would not be surprised if it it gets skipped over by tourists.

comments (13)

A good angle...
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 21 Jan 2018, 01:17
I like it, Ayush, and think it a wonderful thing that the second tier has withstood almost 2000 years of turmoil and strife.
Une contre plongée qui met l'arche admirablement en valeur.
Bonne journée
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 21 Jan 2018, 07:18
This is incredibly ancient Ayush, well worth seeing
  • Martine
  • France
  • 21 Jan 2018, 07:31
Joli angle de prise de vue.
The Arch of Hadrian was erected in honor of the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D (and probably a little before 131/132 A.D. when we know Hadrian visited Athens). The arch was built over the line of an ancient road that led from the area of the Acropolis and the Athenian Agora to the Olympieion and southeast Athens. (It was never an actual gate in a wall). An inscription (IG II2 5185) on the western side of the arch (facing the Acropolis) states: This is Athens, the ancient [or former?] city of Theseus." An inscription on the eastern side of the arch (facing the Olympieion) states: "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus". Scholars have traditionally interpreted the inscriptions as meaning that the arch stood at the boundaries of "old Athens" (to the west) and "new Athens" or "Hadrianoupolis" (to the southeast). Another interpretation sees the inscriptions as honoring Hadrian as the new founder (what the ancient Greeks called a ktistes) of all of Athens, replacing even the hero Theseus in the hearts of the Athenians.

Or so it says on the internet!
One does wonder, seeing things lkke this, just how they managed to build such things all those centuries ago.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jan 2018, 18:29
It is a fine archway.
The antiquity in itself is worth observing.
  • Emily
  • Canada
  • 22 Jan 2018, 00:32
I have been to Athens in high school but it was hard for me to remember much, thank you for sharing this piece of history!
All is revealed by Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arch_of_Hadrian_(Athens)
  • Elaine-
  • Canada
  • 24 Jan 2018, 09:31
what a find! i feel that it is difficult to look at past fallen ruins, esp sumerian... because it all has to do with aliens as gods.... and we were pets and slaves
This is an excellent shot. Very nicely composed.

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