The power of image

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For many years Hadrian was perceived as a peace-loving admirer of Greek culture and customs, a philhellene.

But the one statue on which this long-standing perception was based is not all that it should be.

Curator Thorsten Opper and conservator Tracey Sweek investigate.  


Bust of Antinous

An emperor's love
(3 minutes 2 seconds)

Statue of Hadrian being conserved

The power of image
(4 minutes 10 seconds)

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)