- Six pieces of marble sculpture have been found at the site of Alabanda, an ancient city in Turkey’s western Aydin province.
- These include part of the Roman emperor’s head and body found in the Parliament House.
- Experts believe that the sculpture was brought to Alabanda in 120 AD in honor of Hadrian’s visit.
- Upon completion the statue will be displayed at the Aydin Archaeological Museum.
Archaeologists in Turkey have unearthed fragments of a larger-than-life marble statue of the famous Roman emperor Publius Aelius Trianus Hadrianus, which dates back some 1,900 years.
The fragments were found in different places during the excavation of a parliament building on the site of the ancient city of Alabanda in Turkey’s western Aydin province.
Experts believe that the statue was brought to Alabanda in AD 120, in honor of the visit of Publius Aelius Trianus Hadrianus Augustus, also known as Hadrian.
To date, six sections of the statue have been found—including parts of its head and body—and it is believed that the intact figure was more than eight feet tall.
Archaeologists are continuing the search for other parts of the statue, which will eventually be displayed at the Ayden Archaeological Museum.
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Archaeologists in western Turkey have unearthed fragments of a larger-than-life marble statue of the famous Roman emperor Hadrian, which dates back some 1,900 years.
Occupying an area of about 1,235 acres in modern times, Alabanda is believed to be one of the largest ancient cities in Anatolia, a large peninsula in western Asia that constitutes much of modern Turkey.
During the reign of Hadrian, between 117 and 138 AD, Anatolia was under Roman control and the emperor is believed to have visited frequently.
“We think there is an inscription of honor next to this statue, which we think was erected for Hadrian’s arrival,” said Ayden provincial culture and tourism director Umut Tansar. Hurriyat daily news.
Ali Yalkin, an archaeologist at Tavuku Erzurum Ataturk University, began excavations in the area in 2015.
The excavation began in 2015 in the area. Hadrian is known to have visited Anatolia frequently and archaeologists believe that in honor of such a visit the statue was brought to Alabanda, one of the largest cities in Anatolia, in AD 120.
At least six sections of the eight-foot statue are located in the Parliament House in Alabanda. When it is completed it will go on dismantling in the Aydn Archaeological Museum.
‘Last year, we ramped up work in billiardium’ [council building], which is one of the three important sections here,’ Tawuku told the outlet.
‘This year we found fragments of an armored emperor statue, which we call the ‘Portrait Sculpture’.
According to Tuner, the parliament building where the fragments were located is one of the largest in Anatolia.
“We care about displaying the artifacts on their site,” he said. ‘When the statue is completed in the next few seasons, we will probably see many visitors here thanks to this statue, which is rare in the world.’
Hadrian’s reign began under a cloud when prominent senators who opposed his succession were put to death.
The Senate held him responsible and rejected him for abandoning the expansionist policies of his predecessor, the Trajans, in favor of shoring up the borders and uniting the diverse peoples of the empire.
He is probably best known for the construction of Hadrian’s Wall, which marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, and the reconstruction of the Pantheon in Rome.
Hadrian also built the majestic Villa Adriana in Tivoli, the ruins of which are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and ordered the construction of the largest temples in ancient Rome, the Temple of Venus and Roma.
Hadrian’s marriage to Vibea Sabina is considered loveless and they have no children. His passionate affair with the Greek youth Antinus, however, prompted the emperor to establish a widespread cult in honor of the young man after he was killed shortly before his 20th birthday.
What is Hadrian’s Wall?
For nearly three centuries, Hadrian’s Wall was a vibrant, multi-Sanskrit frontier that spanned 80 Roman miles (73 mi) coast-to-coast.
The permanent conquest of Britain began in AD 43. Until about 100 AD, units of the northernmost army in Britain were located along the Tyne-Solway Isthmus.
73 miles from coast to coast, Hadrian’s Wall was built to protect the north-western frontier of the Roman Empire in Britain
The forts here were linked by a road, now known as Stangate, between Corbridge and Carlisle.
Hadrian came to Britain in AD 122 and, according to a biography written 200 years later, ‘kept many things right and was the first to build a wall 80 miles long from sea to sea to separate the barbarians from the Romans’.
Hadrian’s Wall became the north-west border of the Roman Empire and crossed northern Britain from Wallsend on the River Tyne in the east to Bones-on-Solvay in the west.
Built by a force of 15,000 men in less than six years, it consists of milecastles, barracks, ramparts and forts.
Among them are the fortress of Banna, now known as the Burdoswald, the town of Corbridge and the subsidiary fort of Vindoland, south of the wall.
Hadrian’s Wall resisted all who came in its day and defended an empire that stretched from Britain in the west to Jordan in the east.
Although mainly built by generals, the wall was manned by adjutants. They were nominally either 500 or 1,000 strong and organized into regiments of either infantry or cavalry, or both.
The 500-strong mixed infantry and cavalry unit was the frontline worker. Each fort on the wall appears to have been built to house an auxiliary unit.
Hadrian’s Wall was made a World Heritage Site in 1987.