Sunday, August 24, 2008


I went along to Hadrian Empire and Conflict at the British Museum yesterday.

Did you know that he were a gayer?

More seriously, it is fascinating and wonderfully curated stuff.

Comparing the Pantheon to the Round Reading Room in which the exhibition is mounted is a highlight.

The Emperor casts a long shadow. After the Second Roman-Jewish War, in an attempt to erase the memory of Judaea, he renamed the province Syria Palaestina.

The jury is still out on that one.

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