Middle empire





Hadrian: Building the wall
At the remotest point of the Roman Empire, Hadrian erected this fortification—a symbol of control and dominance.

Hadrian: Building the wall




The Pantheon, Rome, c. 125
The Pantheon has one of the most perfect interior spaces ever constructed—and it’s been copied ever since.

The Pantheon (Rome)






Medea Sarcophagus (detail)
One of the great myths of jealousy and revenge is carved into this sarcophagus. But why put this story on a coffin?

Medea Sarcophagus