A first cousin of the emperor Trajan, Hadrian did not seek expansion of the empire, but a contraction of it with an aim to unify its various peoples. In his desire to unite the empire, he initiated projects such as Hadrian’s wall, which both denoted and fortified its northern reaches in the present-day United Kingdom. Hadrian also rebuilt Rome’s famous Pantheon, a former temple to the gods.
Denarius of Hadrian Silver 117 – 138 C.E. 2015.16.0088 Gift of Ron D’Argenio