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The Arch Of Hadrian
cwo3ward @ 12/ 20/ 2009

The arch has two inscriptions on it.  On the side facing the Acropolis, the inscription reads "This is Athens, the ancient city of Theseus".  The inscription on the  other side, which faces the Olympeion, reads "This is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus".

There is confusion and speculation over what this means.  It has been suggested that the inscriptions should be read as "This is Athens, once the city of Theseus; this is the city of Hadrian, and not of Theseus". 

The Arch of Hadrian is a gateway that resembles a Roman triumphal arch.  It spans an ancient road that comes from the center of Athens.  Historians suggest that the arch was built to celebrate the arrival of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and to honor him for his contributions to the city.

We walked from the Acropolis and found ourselves in the area of Hadrians Arch.  We went across the street and were able to walk right up to it.  It looks very old and the stains on the marble from pollution are quite obvious.  This arch has been standing on this spot for nearly 2,000 years to mark the contributions of the Emperor Hadrian and the Roman Empire to Athens.

What were the WOW moments you experienced?
The Arch isn't as large as I expected. It did seem unlikely that it would resist being toppled by an earthquake for all these years. The exact purpose of the arch and who actually built it are in dispute.
Greece, Athens, Arch of Hadrian

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