Oxford DNB: Hadrian

Tip o’ the pileus to Mata Kimasitayo on the Classics list for alerting us to Hadrian’s turn in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography:

If you visit rogueclassicism after January 24, you probably have to access it via here (for a week … then it will disappear)




This Day in Ancient History: ante diem xi kalendas februarias

Emperor Caligula, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek.
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ante diem xi kalendas februarias

  • Ludi Palatini (day 4)
  • Sementivae or Paganalia (day 1) — Sementivae was a festival of sowing which was actually a moveable feast (although I’m not sure of the moveability criteria; I’m guessing that the first day falls between January 24 and 26). By Ovid’s time it appears to have been coincident with Paganalia, which also obviously has some rural aspect to it. It appears to have been a two-day festival with an interval of seven days between (corrections on this welcome … my sources seem muddled on this one)
  • 41 A.D. — murder of Gaius (Caligula); Claudius proclaimed emperor by the praetorian guard
  • 76 A.D. — birth of the future emperor Hadrian