Hadrian: The Restless Emperor (Roman Imperial Biographies)

Hadrian The Restless Emperor Roman Imperial Biographies Hadrian s reign AD was a watershed in the history of the Roman Empire Hadrian abandoned his predecessor Trajan s eastern conquests Mesopotamia and Armenia trimmed down the lands beyond the low

  • Title: Hadrian: The Restless Emperor (Roman Imperial Biographies)
  • Author: Anthony Richard Birley
  • ISBN: 9780415228121
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hadrian s reign AD 117 138 was a watershed in the history of the Roman Empire Hadrian abandoned his predecessor Trajan s eastern conquests Mesopotamia and Armenia trimmed down the lands beyond the lower Danube, and constructed new demarcation lines in Germany, North Africa, and most famously Hadrian s Wall in Britain, to delimit the empire.The emperor Hadrian, a strHadrian s reign AD 117 138 was a watershed in the history of the Roman Empire Hadrian abandoned his predecessor Trajan s eastern conquests Mesopotamia and Armenia trimmed down the lands beyond the lower Danube, and constructed new demarcation lines in Germany, North Africa, and most famously Hadrian s Wall in Britain, to delimit the empire.The emperor Hadrian, a strange and baffling figure to his contemporaries, had a many sided personality Insatiably ambitious, and a passionate Philhellene, he promoted the Greek Renaissance extravagantly But his attempt to Hellenize the Jews, including the outlawing of circumcision, had disastrous consequences, and his Greek love of the beautiful Bithynian boy Antinous ended in tragedy.No comprehensive account of Hadrian s life and reign has been attempted for over seventy years In Hadrian The Restless Emperor, Anthony Birley brings together the new evidence from inscriptions and papyri, and up to date and in depth examination of the work of other scholars on aspects of Hadrian s reign and policies such as the Jewish war, the coinage, Hadrian s building programme in Rome, Athens and Tivoli, and his relationship with his favourite, Antinous, to provide a thorough and fascinating account of the private and public life of a man who, though hated when he died, left an indelible mark on the Roman Empire.

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    1. Detailed account of the life of Hadrian and history of the Roman Empire during his rule. Very difficult to truly understand his personality; sources such as personal letters, memoirs and diaries etc from his contemporaries are not available to us and his autobiography is now lost. Official sources, inscriptions, coins, archaeology, and some vague histories are what is left, plus a lot of interpretation. Interesting to be reminded that whilst in Europe today he is remembered as a great emperor, f [...]

    2. This is the best, most definitive, biography of the Emperor Hadrian, based on recent research. For example, studies of memorial stones for retired commanders who had served under Hadrian, as well as commemorative coins.This book should remove any regard for Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian" as history. Her book remains magnificent literature. She relied too much on Dio Cassius, who seems to have had some kind of animus toward Hadrian.For example, Yourcenar repeats the assertion by Dio [...]

    3. One of the better books in this series in my opinion. Although it is bogged down by too many citations sometimes, it gives credit to the book and the author's analysis and narrative are superb. Gives an outlook of an emperor who was seen taking a step back from Trajan, as he pulled back the emperor's borders after the Trajan expansions. He also built the Hadrian Wall, which stood in Britain as a border between Rome and the Scotts for many centuries. Hadrian is also a very cultured emperor. This [...]

    4. -La sinceridad es una virtud… ah, bueno, que también hay otros que creen que es un pecado-. Género. Biografía.Lo que nos cuenta. Viaje (en todos los sentidos) por la vida de Publio Elio Adriano, que llevó las riendas del Imperio Romano durante 21 años.¿Quiere saber más del libro, sin spoilers? Visite:librosdeolethros/

    5. Well researched and of interest as the emperor during the Jewish revolt of the years 132-135. His young lover Antinous was drowned in the Nile and was made a god and identified with the Egyptian god of rebirth, Osiris. A very interesting read.

    6. Meh. It was good, but it lacked narrative. I found it informative, but his prose tooosy. It uses the kind of academic that leaves one a bit confused as to what is happening or being talked about in the book. Nonethless it did prove interesting, so I'll grant it that.

    7. This book has modeled my political opinions, showing me that a great leader is not a conqueror but a good administrator with no wish for conquest.

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