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    DescriptionOne of the greatest--and most enigmatic--Roman emperors, Hadrian stabilized the imperial borders, established peace throughout the empire, patronized the arts, and built an architectural legacy that lasts to this day: the great villa at Tivoli, the domed wonder of the Pantheon, and the eponymous wall that stretches across Britain. Yet the story of his reign is also a tale of intrigue, domestic discord, and murder. In Following Hadrian, Elizabeth Speller captures the fascinating life of Hadrian, ruler of the most powerful empire on earth at the peak of its glory. Speller displays a superb gift for narrative as she traces the intrigue of Hadrian's rise: his calculated marriage to Emperor Trajan's closest female relative, a woman he privately tormented; Trajan's suspicious deathbed adoption of Hadrian as his heir, a stroke some thought to be a post-mortem forgery; and the ensuing slaughter of potential rivals by an ally of Hadrian's. Speller makes brilliant use of her sources, vividly depicting Hadrian's bouts of melancholy, his intellectual passions, his love for a beautiful boy (whose death sent him into a spiral), and the paradox of his general policies of peace and religious tolerance even as he conducted a bitter, three-year war with Judea. Most important, the author captures the emperor as both a builder and an inveterate traveler, guiding readers on a grand tour of the Roman Empire at the moment of its greatest extent and accomplishment, from the barren, windswept frontiers of Britain to the teeming streets of Antioch, from the dangers of the German forest to the urban splendor of Rome itself.


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    Title
    Following Hadrian a Second Century Journey Through the Roman
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Speller
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 361
    Width: 133 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 6 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195176131
    ISBN 10: 0195176138
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, BIO014000, BIO006000
    DC21: 937.07
    LC subject heading: , ,
    Thema V1.0: NHB, DNB, NHD, NHC
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    14 October 2004
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Elizabeth Speller is a freelance writer and lecturer. Long fascinated with the ancient world, she has pursued this interest in both undergraduate and graduate work in the classics at Cambridge University as well as in independent research. She wrote the libretto to "Farewell," which was commissioned by Paul McCartney to commemorate his late wife Linda. She lives in the U.K.