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Unformatted text preview: , Hadrian’s villa consisted of many buildings, lakes and gardens, each element placed at the most advantageous place possible within the landscape. So you’ll notice that the plan of the complex is hardly based upon a grid—
it is much more like a Greek sanctuary, with each portion angled to take advantage of the terrain and the landscape around it. Hadrian wished his architects to recreate his favorite places from throughout the Roman Empire here at Tivoli. In some cases, the original monuments weren’t slavishly imitated but rather simply inspired the buildings at Hadrian’s villa. The Poikile on the plan is inspired by the Painted Stoa in the Agora in Athens, but unlike the original, it contains an enormous pool. We’re going to be looking at the Canopus, (*) which was named for the ancient Egyptian city that lay on the westernmost mouth of the Nile, not far from Alexandria. It is likely that Hadrian encountered this area of the Nile delta when he traveled in Egypt. As you can see from the view on the left, the Canopus consists primarily of a...
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- Summer '11