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View of the interior of the "Library of Hadrian" that is located just north of the entrance (Propylon) into the Asclepion Compound.  The view is towards the northeast corner of the building.  On both walls, note the large recessed openings.  Shelves were placed in them and the scrolls and codices were stored there.

This room is also called "the Emperor's room" (Akurgal, p. 109).  A nude statue of the Emperor Hadrian was found in this room.  Hadrian visited Pergamum in AD 124 and possibly in 129 as well.  A noble-woman, Flavia Melitine, dedicated the Library and erected the statue of Hadrian.