Hadrian by Andrew Prior.

This portrait is done in the style of the mummy portraits found in Alexandria and Antinoopolis

Today is the anniversary of the accession of Hadrian as Emperor of Rome in 117 CE.

Regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors, Hadrian is remembered for his personal piety. He was an initiate of the Eleusinian mysteries, and endowed the sanctuary at Eleusis. He restored many temples, including the Parthenon in Athens and the Pantheon in Rome. He propagated the cult of Antinous, building temples and and sponsoring annual games in honor of the new god. 

Hadrian was deified by the Roman Senate in 139 CE, the year after his death.

Ave, Divus Hadriani! May your piety inspire in us greater devotion to the gods!


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