Built as a symbol of Roman power, this is a monument you will not want to miss.

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Hadrian's Library

Pillars of power

Hadrian's Library is yet another example of the Roman Empire's unmistakeable penchant for demonstrating its hegemony and power. Forming part of Hadrian’s living legacy on the city, the library has an impressive number of columns that give an idea of its original grandeur. It was built to serve a dual purpose: on the one hand, to show the power of the emperor and, on the other, to provide a public service. As such, it was used to house the emperor's collection of books and also served as a public centre for reading and learning. Despite being one of the least preserved sites, we can still get an idea of the sheer size of this building from the enormous, nearly 10-metre-tall Corinthian columns that surround the site.

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