Hadrian's Retreat

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UploadedJuly 21, 2010
TakenJuly 3, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D40X
Exposure1/100 sec at f/7.1
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Focal Length18 mm
ISO200
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Among the fascinating structures at Villa Adriana, a complex of over 30 buildings constructed in the 2nd century as a retreat from Rome for Emperor Hadrian, is Maritime Theatre. On the island during ancient times sat a small Roman house that included an atrium, a library, a triclinium, and small baths. Originally this island was connected to the portico by two drawbridges. This area was most likely Hadrian’s hideaway within the massive villa, covering about 250 acres, much of which remains unexcavated. During the later years of his reign, Hadrian governed the empire from this magnificent home in Tivoli.

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  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    wow! love it, Deborah!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    That green--and its beautiful curve! Amazing image, Deborah!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    So much history! I am loving these glimpses that you are providing, and really appreciate your narratives!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (22 Jul 2010):

    What an ego Hadrian must have had! He also had the man power to fulfill his every dream. Great shot, Deb

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (24 Jul 2010):

    Another great history lesson! Wonderful shot!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    Must have been some party.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful shot and info!! Love the reflection!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (25 Jul 2010):

    I am enjoying your narratives that are such an integral part of your photography...Always well done.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (26 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing place

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Jul 2010):

    An excellent capture of this very interesting structure!! I am enjoying your shots, Deb!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (4 Aug 2010):

    A great shot and history lesson, indeed!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (5 Aug 2010):

    That is amazing! Are those bricks? We are talking 200 AD right when it was built? Astonishing how well it has held up! Great shot and history. Thanks, Deb!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (5 Aug 2010):

    Thanks everyone. Your comment and favs are much appreciated. Warren, those are bricks and they are from about 200 AD.

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