Free course

Hadrian's Rome

Free statement of participation on completion

This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (117-38 CE). What impact did the emperor have on the appearance of the city? What types of structures were built and why? And how did the choices that Hadrian made relate to those of his predecessors, and also of his successors?

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of types of evidence for Hadrianic Rome, including literary sources, inscriptions, coins and buildings
  • describe the impact Hadrian had upon the appearance of the city of Rome
  • compare and contrast different interpretations of the Pantheon and other Hadrianic monuments
  • discuss how the wider Roman empire was visible in the art and architecture of Hadrianic Rome
  • evaluate the significance of commemoration after death to emperors, and how this was linked to divine rights to rule.