Introduction

Adriano y la integración de la diversidad regional. Una perspectiva histórica e historiográfica is a coordinated R&D Project, that aims to analyse, on the one hand, the undergone transformation of the Roman Empire during the Principate of Emperor Hadrian and, on the other hand, the cultural and historiographical perception of his work in Spain and the academic world from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Hadrian was an extraordinary emperor. His provincial origin, his military formation, his passion for travelling, and his intellectual interests allowed him to understand and appreciate the cultural diversity of the Empire, fostering the inclusion of provincial-derived characteristics into a new, shared identity.

This R&D Project comprises two coordinated subprojects: Adriano y la integración de la diversidad regional (Pablo de Olavide University, Seville) and La construcción de la imagen de los primeros emperadores hispanos (ss. XV-XX). Un análisis historiográfico de la interpretación de la diversidad (Carlos III University, Madrid). It is sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). At the same time, both subprojects are part of a bigger project, the Network of Excellence named “Italica: Cultural innovation in Hadrian’s Empire” (HAR2016-81827-REDT), also sponsored by MINECO.