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The statue of Hadrian

A slightly larger than life-size statue of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD) sited in the eastern portion of the Ancient Agora faces the government buildings to the west. Hadrian was a great lover of Greek culture and rebuilt and added many structures to Athens.

This statue was originally placed in the stoa of Zeus. The chest piece that he wears is called a cuirass. Note the children Romulus and Remus that are sucking the wolf. Romulus and Remus are legendary twins who, after being abandoned, were suckled by a wolf and in adulthood founded the city of Rome. Thus the wolf and twins evokes the memory of (the founding of) Rome.

















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