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“In Imitation of Hadrian:” memory and urban construction in the Late Antique Near East

“In Imitation of Hadrian:” memory and urban construction in the Late Antique Near East AbstractAn inscription from Scythopolis (Beth Shean/Beisan) commemorates the actions of a late fourth-century governor who “in imitation of Hadrian ... rebuilt his own mother city.” This paper explores the memory of Hadrian in the Near East. It begins by examining Hadrian’s actions in the Near East, including the period prior to becoming emperor and his visit in 129/30 CE. It finishes with a discussion of Silvanus and Scythopolis and argues that Silvanus was responsible for repairing the odeum in the city which was damaged in the 363 CE earthquake. The inscription implies that there was strong memory of Hadrian as a builder in the late antique Near East. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Ancient History de Gruyter

“In Imitation of Hadrian:” memory and urban construction in the Late Antique Near East

Journal of Ancient History , Volume 9 (1): 18 – Jun 26, 2021

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de Gruyter
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© 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston
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2324-8114
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2324-8114
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10.1515/jah-2019-0031
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Abstract

AbstractAn inscription from Scythopolis (Beth Shean/Beisan) commemorates the actions of a late fourth-century governor who “in imitation of Hadrian ... rebuilt his own mother city.” This paper explores the memory of Hadrian in the Near East. It begins by examining Hadrian’s actions in the Near East, including the period prior to becoming emperor and his visit in 129/30 CE. It finishes with a discussion of Silvanus and Scythopolis and argues that Silvanus was responsible for repairing the odeum in the city which was damaged in the 363 CE earthquake. The inscription implies that there was strong memory of Hadrian as a builder in the late antique Near East.

Journal

Journal of Ancient Historyde Gruyter

Published: Jun 26, 2021

Keywords: Hadrian; memory; Scythopolis; Near East; inscription

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