By: Dylan Smith, BGSU Roma Aeterna 2023 Student
One of Rome’s many great sites in Rome is the Mausoleum of Hadrian, now known as the Castel Sant’Angelo. Over the years, the Mausoleum has served a variety of purposes and housed the remains of many notable Roman Emperors and their families. Because the structure saw considerable use even after the fall of the Roman Empire and into the Medieval and Renaissance periods, the Castel Sant’Angelo remains in incredible condition when compared to many other notable ancient Roman sites such as the Roman Forum, Colosseum and more. The Castel Sant’Angelo has however changed immensely since its initial construction, with the changes reflecting its uses as a mausoleum, fortress stronghold, and even prison. During our study abroad trip, we had the chance to visit Castel Sant’Angelo and see its history up close.
The mausoleum’s mastermind, the Roman Emperor Hadrian, ruled from 117 CE until his death in 138. Hadrian is considered part of the Roman Empire’s “Five Good Emperors,” who ruled Rome in its Golden Age. Hadrian is best known for his large public works projects with this most famous being Hadrian’s Wall in Britain.Continue reading