Hadrian: Empire and Conflict

Hadrian: Empire and Conflict


By (author) Thorsten Opper

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  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 228mm x 289mm x 292mm | 1,350g
  • Publication date: 7 July 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071415069X
  • ISBN 13: 9780714150697
  • Illustrations note: 200 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 347,682

Product description

Hadrian (r. AD 117-138) is known for his restless and ambitious nature, his interest in architecture and his passion for Greece and Greek culture. This book and exhibition move beyond this image to give a new appraisal of this Emperor, exploring the sharp contradictions in his personality and his role as a ruthless military leader, against the backdrop of the events of his 21-year reign, in which he travelled throughout his empire. As ruler, Hadrian consolidated and strengthened the empire rather than continuing the campaigns of his predecessor Trajan. Individual chapters of the book look at Hadrian the man as an individual; Hadrian the military leader and strategist; Hadrian the amateur architect who created magnificent buildings such as his villa at Tivoli (an empire in miniature); Hadrian the lover who deified his male favourite Antinous after his mysterious death in the Nile; and Hadrian the traveller who tirelessly roamed his empire and its boundaries. The book will conclude with the legacy of Hadrian, including a discussion of the genesis of Marguerite Yourcenars famous Memoirs of Hadrian, about to be turned into a major Hollywood film. This important and timely book is richly illustrated throughout with key works of art -both celebrated and less well-known sculptures, bronzes, coins and medals, drawings and watercolours from major international museums and other public and private collections.

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Author information

Thorsten Opper is a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. He has published on ancient sculpture and 18th-century antiquarianism.

Review quote

[An] excellent and lavishly illustrated book...Highly recommended and astonishing value for money. -- Andrew Jack "culturekiosque.com" (10/26/2008)

Table of contents

Introduction - Scope of the Empire and comparisons with other empires, especially those with which Rome traded; A new elite - Hadrian and his family; War; Architecture; Villa; Antinous; Empire and the travels of Hadrian; Succession and the stability of the empire; Legacy of Hadrian.