Biographies & Memoirs

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

Born in A.D. 76, Hadrian lived through and ruled during a tempestuous era, a time when the Colosseum was opened to the public and Pompeii was buried under a mountain of lava and ash. Acclaimed author Anthony Everitt vividly recounts Hadrian’s thrilling life, in which the emperor brings a century of disorder and costly warfare to a peaceful conclusion while demonstrating how a monarchy can be compatible with good governance.

What distinguished Hadrian’s rule, according to Everitt, were two insights that inevitably ensured the empire’s long and prosperous future: He ended Rome’s territorial expansion, which had become strategically and economically untenable, by fortifying her boundaries (the many famed Walls of Hadrian), and he effectively “Hellenized” Rome by anointing Athens the empire’s cultural center, thereby making Greek learning and art vastly more prominent in Roman life.

By making splendid use of recently discovered archaeological materials and his own exhaustive research, Everitt sheds new light on one of the most important figures of the ancient world.

Chronology

Introduction

Chapter 1: INVADERS FROM THE WEST

Chapter 2: A DANGEROUS WORLD

Chapter 3: YOUNG HOPEFUL GENTLEMAN

Chapter 4: CRISIS OF EMPIRE

Chapter 5: A NEW DYNASTY

Chapter 6: ON THE TOWN

Chapter 7: FALL OF THE FLAVIANS

Chapter 8: THE EMPEROR’S SON

Chapter 9: “OPTIMUS PRINCEPS”

Chapter 10: BEYOND THE DANUBE

Chapter 11: THE WAITING GAME

Chapter 12: CALL OF THE EAST

Chapter 13: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Chapter 14: THE AFFAIR OF THE FOUR EX-CONSULS

Chapter 15: THE ROAD TO ROME

Chapter 16: THE TRAVELER

Chapter 17: EDGE OF EMPIRE

Chapter 18: LAST GOOD-BYES

Chapter 19: THE BITHYNIAN BOY

Chapter 20: THE ISLES OF GREECE

Chapter 21: HOME AND ABROAD

Chapter 22: WHERE HAVE YOU GONE TO, MY LOVELY?

Chapter 23: “MAY HIS BONES ROT!”

Chapter 24: NO MORE JOKES

Chapter 25: PEACE AND WAR

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