Get Face To Face With A Roman Emperor?28 July 2008
Superbreak offers packages to see new Hadrian Exhibition
Hadrian: Empire and Conflict is an unprecedented exhibition at The British Museum featuring around 170 exhibits from 31 institutions in 11 countries, many of which have never been loaned out before. It explores the life, love and legacy of Rome’s most enigmatic emperor, Hadrian (reigned AD 117–138) and provides a fresh insight into the sharp contradictions of Hadrian’s character and challenges faced during his reign. Short break specialist, Superbreak (www.superbreak.com) has a range of packages on sale that combine overnight accommodation in a choice of hotels across the Capital with timed-entry tickets.
On entering the exhibition, visitors are confronted by a huge, white, marble bust of Hadrian, who took power in 117 and ruled until 138, which was discovered in Turkey less than a year ago and is on show for the first time. Ruling an empire that comprised much of Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East, Hadrian was a capable and, at times, ruthless military leader. He realigned borders and quashed revolt, stabilising a territory critically overstretched by his predecessor, Trajan. Hadrian had a great passion for architecture and Greek culture. His extensive building programme included the Pantheon in Rome, his villa in Tivoli and the city of Antinoopolis, which he founded and named after his male lover Antinous.
Packages are available through to October 26th at a wide range of hotels from three to five star.
THREE STAR PACKAGE £58pp – staying one night at the three star St Giles Hotel with full breakfast and including a timed entrance ticket (between 3.30 and 4pm) to the exhibition. Based on two sharing and valid at weekends in August.
FOUR STAR PACKAGE £66.50pp – staying one night at the four star Grafton Hotel with full breakfast and including a timed entrance ticket (between 3.30 and 4pm) to the exhibition. Based on two sharing and valid at weekends in August.
For more information or to book call Superbreak on 0871 222 3055
or visit www.superbreak.com