Hadrian, Home and away or Roaming round the Empire

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Trophy Suite, Tally Ho! Sports & Conference Centre, Pershore Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7RN


For our Christmas event on Tuesday December 17 2013, Peter Crouch will be giving a talk on “Hadrian, Home and away or Roaming round the Empire”.

'For almost 21 years, from AD 117 to 138, Publius Aelius Hadrianus ruled one of the mightiest empires the world has ever seen and in his lifetime he visited almost all of its provinces. The boundaries of Hadrian’s empire stretched from the Scottish Lowlands in the north to the Sahara Desert in the south, from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the River Euphrates in the east.'

This talk will outline Hadrian’s life from his birth in Rome on 24 February AD 76 through to his death in Baiae on the Bay of Naples on 10 July AD 138 illustrated by photographs of places and structures associated with him, mostly taken by Peter on his travels in the provinces of Britannia, Africa, Asia, Hispania and Italia.

About the Presenter

After studying chemistry at Southampton and Reading universities Peter was successively an industrial chemist, a computer software developer and a junior civil servant.  He officially retired in 2005.  He is currently a part-time consultant for the Nickel Institute.

In his spare time he is Chairman and Web Editor of the BCS Fortran Specialist Group and a member of the BCS Birmingham and Wolverhampton Branch Commitees.  He is also Web Editor for the Council for British Archaeology West Midlands group.

In the last decade his interest in history and archaeology has taken him to visit Roman and prehistoric sites across the UK, the remains of Roman and Greek cities in Asia Minor, Tunisia and Italy including Carthage, Rome, Istanbul and Troy as well as Visigothic churches in northern Spain.