Reflections Throughout the Ages
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Villa Adriana, imperial residence of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (proclaimed emperor in 117 A.D. at 40), sits on the plain at the foot of the hilltop village of Tivoli (east of Rome). Hadrian was a fit, elegant, and cultured man. During his rule, he was a great organizer of the Roman Empire and known to be austere and genial, dignified and playful, dilatory and quick to act, niggardly and generous, deceitful and straightforward, cruel and merciful. Adriana Villa reflects this well traveled and complex Emperor, the estate consisting of monumental villas, temples, baths, ponds, and theaters spread out over 300 acres dotted with ancient olive and cypress trees. One could easily spend an entire day there. Fred and I had the great pleasure of going there three times. Loved how differing light altered the mood of this magnificent place.
This part of the villa is known as Canopus; once consisted of vast gardens and more housing for servants, as well as the large oval pool, statuary of Greek originals, and colonnade portico.
A special thank you to Davide for the spotlight.
Also by Deborah Downes
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