THE PANTHEON OF ROME
Italy

 

Roman Temple Masterpiece

Click here for Episode 36

 

Back to Rome for a meeting with Hadrian, the roving emperor.  Ryan Stitt from the History of Ancient Greece podcast comes by to discuss the "Greekling" and one of his most impressive monuments, the Pantheon: the best preserved Roman temple anywhere.

 

Hadrian is a fascinating soul: bearded, homosexual, flaunting conventional wisdom, traveling to the farthest reaches of the empire just because. Ryan shares his experience visiting Hadrian's villa in Tivoli as well.

 

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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