Mosaic encrusted columns from the atrium of a suburban Roman villa. 1st century CE, Pompeii.(Naples Archaeological Museum) [1490 × 856]
Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (reigned 117-138 CE), built in the final 16 years of his reign. It was reused as a generational Imperial tomb. Eight emperors were interred here, the last being Caracalla in 217 CE. At 50m, it was the tallest building in Rome. The ruin became a Papal fortress.
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