Hadrian's Arch, Athens, Greece

131 CE ca.
Hadrian's Arch was constructed ca. 131 CE by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a part of a wall separating the old and new cities of Athens. On the side of the arch facing the Acropolis is the inscription, "This is Athens the former city of Theseus," while the other side reads, "This is the city of Hadrian and not of Theseus." The gate is made of marble and stands at 18 meters (59 feet). The central arched opening of the monument is supported by pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Similar, but taller pilasters flank the outer corners. The arch has a series of Corinthian columns and pilasters, with an Ionic architrave at the ends, and an entablature with a triangular pediment in the middle. The Archivision Collection of Ancient Sites was funded by the Jack Martin Balcer Library Endowment. Keywords: Greece, Perifereia Protevousis, Athens, Mediterranean. Photographed by Scott Gilchrist, Archivision.