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Following Hadrian : a second century journey through the Roman Empire

Author: Elizabeth Speller
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Hadrian, the great, but flawed, Roman Emperor, was an inveterate traveler, intellectual, and patron of the arts. He was determined to make his mark on posterity and left an unparalleled legacy of beautiful new cities and buildings throughout his vast empire and, of course, in Rome. Much of his inspiring architecture remains for today's travelers to marvel at, although some has disappeared without trace and is now  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Hadrian, Emperor of Rome; Kaiser) Hadrian (Römisches Reich
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Speller
ISBN: 0195165764 9780195165760 9780195176131 0195176138
OCLC Number: 51586952
Description: xx, 328 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.
Contents: Map of Hadrian's Empire vi --
The Roman emperors, 27 BCE-193 CE xvii --
Hadrian (Publius Aelius Hadrianus): Timeline xix --
1 The waiting game 7 --
2 A travelling court 43 --
3 The shifting sands 93 --
4 Memnon laments 131 --
5 Cities of gods and ghosts 151 --
6 War 177 --
7 The captured world 209 --
8 Writing in stone 247 --
9 Retrospective 265.
Responsibility: Elizabeth Speller.
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"Hadrian, the great, but flawed, Roman Emperor, was an inveterate traveler, intellectual, and patron of the arts. He was determined to make his mark on posterity and left an unparalleled legacy of beautiful new cities and buildings throughout his vast empire and, of course, in Rome. Much of his inspiring architecture remains for today's travelers to marvel at, although some has disappeared without trace and is now the stuff of legend." "But Hadrian was also melancholy, volatile, and utterly ruthless. He treated his wife with contempt and devoted himself to a beautiful boy whose sinister death, while they traveled in Egypt, plunged Hadrian into despair; it changed his personality for ever and affected his ability to rule. Within two years, the man who had been one of the most peace-loving of emperors plunged his empire into a terrible, ill-judged, three-year war against Judea." "Classicist Elizabeth Speller tells the story of the most powerful man on earth in the early second century against a background of his travels and intrigues. This was a man who had commissioned a dazzling construction program, from Hadrian's Wall in Britain and the extraordinary Pantheon in Rome, to his 900-room villa at Tivoli, works which represented the central themes of his rule: military domination, religious tolerance, and an extravagant lifestyle. Soundly based on original sources and archaeology, this compelling book throws new light on Hadrian and the Roman Empire of the second century."--Jacket.

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