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Unformatted text preview: evious lecture. Unlike Trajan, whose works of art and architecture called attention to his military prowess, Hadrian paid no attention to wars, and his public monuments have no references on them to battles at all. As emperor, Hadrian put a halt to Roman wars of conquest, and instead concentrated upon strengthening the borders of the great Roman empire. Hadrian’s wall, which we’ll look at later on in this lecture, was built for exactly this purpose, to strengthen the border between Roman Britain and the unconquered tribes to the north. During Hadrian’s reign, walls and palisades were also erected in modern‐day Germany and Switzerland along the limits of the empire. 2 Our first monument is the famous Pantheon in Rome. It was a temple to all the gods, and the name Pantheon means exactly that. Pan is a prefix meaning all, and theon refers to gods. This extraordinary temple was built by Hadrian between 125 and 128 CE. We know the dates for the construction are accurate because the Pantheon was built primarily of brick and concrete, and Roman bricks were stamped to show when they w...
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This note was uploaded on 09/28/2011 for the course PL SC 101 taught by Professor Web during the Summer '11 term at Penn State.

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