Hadrian’s Arch and Library, Athens

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  • Hadrian’s Arch and Library
    by LoriPori
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    by LoriPori Written Jun 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Constructed in 131 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, as part of a wall separating the old and new cities of Athens. The 18 meter HADRIAN'S ARCHwas made of marble from nearby Mount Pentelikon and decorated in the Corinthean order.
    You will find Hadrian's Arch at Amalias Avenue at the entrance of the site of the Temple of Olympian Zeus, just south of the National Gardens.

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    The Ancient City of Athens / The Arch of Hadrian

    by matza Written Dec 19, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Arch of Hadrian

    Fondest memory: Hadrian's Arch
    The triumphal arch lies on an ancient street that led from the old city of Athens to the new, Roman section, built by Hadrian. It was constructed by the Athenians in A.D. 131, in honor of their benefactor emperor. Two inscriptions are carved on the architrave, one on each side: the first, on the side towards the Acropolis reads "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus"; the second, on the other side, facing the new city reads "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus".

    The Arch of Hadrian

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