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Hadrian's other world

Bletsou, Olga LU (2013) ARKM24 20131
Classical archaeology and ancient history
Abstract
This thesis is about Villa Adriana at Tivoli in Rome, more specifically about a particular part of the complex, the High Ground. It is a study of four neighboring structures on the High Ground: the Grotto, the Great Trapezium, the Temple of Pluto and the Mausoleum. They all belong to an area which has the grandest effect of all, according to some scholars. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the function/meaning of the Grotto, the so-called Inferi at Villa Adriana and analyze its layout and its relation with the neighboring structures. This is done on the basis of previously published documentation and suggested interpretations.
My research went as far as I hoped to go with the available evidence in order to be able to explain the... (More)
This thesis is about Villa Adriana at Tivoli in Rome, more specifically about a particular part of the complex, the High Ground. It is a study of four neighboring structures on the High Ground: the Grotto, the Great Trapezium, the Temple of Pluto and the Mausoleum. They all belong to an area which has the grandest effect of all, according to some scholars. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the function/meaning of the Grotto, the so-called Inferi at Villa Adriana and analyze its layout and its relation with the neighboring structures. This is done on the basis of previously published documentation and suggested interpretations.
My research went as far as I hoped to go with the available evidence in order to be able to explain the mystery concerning the four structures. Specifically the most plausible interpretation that I could suggest without ignoring the results from the only excavation and the previous interpretations is that the Grotto was a physical manifestation of the mysterious haunted world of spirits, a passage to the other world. The Great Trapezium expresses the ritual aspect of the High Ground, linked to the Grotto and to Odeon through the subterranean galleries. The Temple of Pluto represents the religious concept and the Mausoleum with a quasi-sacred aspect reinforce the association with the idea of death and its role as a passage to the after-life. (Less)
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author
Bletsou, Olga LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
A study of the structures in the High Ground of Villa Adriana
course
ARKM24 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
language
English
id
3812845
date added to LUP
2013-08-29 14:39:11
date last changed
2017-06-12 10:06:44
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  abstract     = {This thesis is about Villa Adriana at Tivoli in Rome, more specifically about a particular part of the complex, the High Ground. It is a study of four neighboring structures on the High Ground: the Grotto, the Great Trapezium, the Temple of Pluto and the Mausoleum. They all belong to an area which has the grandest effect of all, according to some scholars. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the function/meaning of the Grotto, the so-called Inferi at Villa Adriana and analyze its layout and its relation with the neighboring structures. This is done on the basis of previously published documentation and suggested interpretations. 
My research went as far as I hoped to go with the available evidence in order to be able to explain the mystery concerning the four structures. Specifically the most plausible interpretation that I could suggest without ignoring the results from the only excavation and the previous interpretations is that the Grotto was a physical manifestation of the mysterious haunted world of spirits, a passage to the other world. The Great Trapezium expresses the ritual aspect of the High Ground, linked to the Grotto and to Odeon through the subterranean galleries. The Temple of Pluto represents the religious concept and the Mausoleum with a quasi-sacred aspect reinforce the association with the idea of death and its role as a passage to the after-life.},
  author       = {Bletsou, Olga},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Hadrian's other world},
  year         = {2013},
}