The imperial palace

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Hadrian built himself a vast palace in the countryside, the villa Adriana in Tivoli about 30 kilometres east of Rome.

It was a huge complex, designed to accommodate thousands of people. It was his administrative capital and represents his empire in miniature. 

Bust of Antinous

An emperor's love
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Statue of Hadrian being conserved

The power of image
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Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli near Rome

The imperial palace
(2 minutes 25 seconds)

Hadrian's wall

Building the wall
(3 minutes 14 seconds)

Hadrian video

Hadrian: a new emperor
(3 minutes 3 seconds)