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Hadrian

Author: James Morwood
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
Series: Ancients in action.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Roman emperor Hadrian, who lived from 76 to 138 AD was a hugely influential figure whose architectural legacy is obvious even today. However, he was also contradictory and mysterious: he was a Spaniard who became emperor at Rome; he was a popular, successful soldier who aimed to be a man of peace. He dabbled in black magic, and he courted scandal: as well as his bitterly unhappy marriage, he had a very public  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Hadrian, Emperor of Rome; Hadrian, Emperor of Rome; Hadrian
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Morwood
ISBN: 9781849668866 1849668868
OCLC Number: 843811618
Description: xiv, 130 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Death on the Nile --
Growing up in Rome and Spain --
Starting out --
War and peace --
Rebuilding Rome --
Hadrian's villa : the sunny pleasure dome and the caves of ice --
Bread and circuses : keeping the people happy --
The journeys --
Hadrian and Athens --
Antinous --
Christians and Jews --
The end.
Series Title: Ancients in action.
Responsibility: James Morwood.

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The Roman emperor Hadrian, who lived from 76 to 138 AD was a hugely influential figure whose architectural legacy is obvious even today. However, he was also contradictory and mysterious: he was a Spaniard who became emperor at Rome; he was a popular, successful soldier who aimed to be a man of peace. He dabbled in black magic, and he courted scandal: as well as his bitterly unhappy marriage, he had a very public love affair with Greek boy, who died in mysterious circumstances surrounded by rumours of human sacrifice.This title explores these contradictions and complexities, and pieces together the picture of a man, his life, times and influence. It presents a rounded picture written in a lively and accessible style. -- Publisher website.

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