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Unformatted text preview: e works of art and architecture associated with him are strongly classical in nature. We’ll see this particularly in his villa in Tivoli, which he had decorated with numerous copies of Classical Greek masterpieces. He also named many of the parts of his villa after locations in Athens and other parts of the Greek world. Hadrian’s taste for classical Greek art wasn’t new: many wealthy Romans decorated their homes and gardens with copies of Greek sculpture. But with Hadrian, we see this being done on an extremely large scale.
Hadrian was born in Rome to Spanish parents, and was the second cousin of the emperor Trajan. Trajan was said to have adopted Hadrian as his heir in his will, but it is unclear whether this is actually true or simply a story put forth by Plotina, the widow of Trajan. Early works of architecture associated with Hadrian emphasize the ties between Hadrian and Trajan, especially the temple that Hadrian had built to the deified Trajan at the north end of Trajan’s forum. You should recall that great complex from our pr...
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