THE PANTHEON OF ROME
Italy

 

Roman Temple Masterpiece

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(This episode has been re-recorded since its initial release.)

Back to Rome for a meeting with Hadrian, the roving emperor.  Sarah Yeomans, archaeologist and art historian specializing in Imperial Rome, comes by to discuss the peripatetic emperor and one of his most impressive monuments, the Pantheon: the best preserved Roman temple anywhere.  Sarah shares her experience visiting Hadrian's villa in Tivoli as well.

 

Hadrian is a fascinating soul: bearded, homosexual, flaunting conventional wisdom, travelling to the farthest reaches of the empire just because.  On his travels, he bickered with philosophers, visited historic sites, and micromanaged architects. Cheryl Morgan, an author who studies transgender and intersex people in the ancient world, brings the story of Favorinus, an intersex philosopher with whom Hadrian famously had a conversation.

 

To eat, consider artichokes this spring, either alla Romana or alla giudia (Jewish-style), both Roman classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:
 

Birley, Anthony R.  Hadrian: the Restless Emperor

Cassius Dio. Roman History

Historia Augusta

Lonely Planet Guide to Italy

Perowne, Stewart. Hadrian

Rick Steves Italy

 

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