Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome
Anthony Everitt

Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

Hadrian had a thrilling life in which he brought a century of disorder and costly warfare to a peaceful conclusion. He was brave and astute – despite his sometimes prickly behaviour – as well as an accomplished huntsman, poet and student of philosophy.

            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 centre, thereby making Greek learning and art vastly more prominent in Roman life.

Less successful in the long run was his crushing of the Jewish Revolt, which planted the seeds of the present-day discord in the Middle East.

            Everitt illuminates Hadrian’s private life, including his marriage to Sabina – a loveless, frequently unhappy bond that bore no heirs – and his enduring yet doomed relationship with the true love of his life, Antinous, a beautiful young Bithynian man.

            Despite his tremendous legacy – including a virtual ‘marble biography’ of still-standing buildings, Hadrian is considered one of Rome’s more enigmatic emperors. Everitt’s researches throw new light on one of the most important personalities of the ancient word.

Book Details:

  • Author: Anthony Everitt
  • Published Year: 2009
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    • US: Random House
Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt was Deputy Secretary-General of the Arts Council of Great Britain from 1985 to 1990 and Secretary-General from 1990 to 1994. Formerly he was Visiting professor of the Visual and Performing Arts at Nottingham Trent University. His fascination with ancient Rome began when he studied classics at school. He is the author of Cicero, a Turbulent Life; Augustus, The Life of Rome’s First Emperor; Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome; The Rise of Rome; The Rise of Athens; Alexander the Great and, with his co-author Roddy Ashworth, SPQR, A Roman Miscellany and Nero, Matricide, Music ...
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Book Reviews

  • "A fascinating insight into the mind of the Roman emperor."
    The Sunday Telegraph
  • "One gets a clear and compelling sense of Hadrian’s times."
    The New Yorker
  • "Excellent … highly recommended … a skilfully analysed and well researched narrative."
    Library Journal.
  • "A skilful portrait … combines academic expertise with lively prose in a satisfying account of the emperor."
    Publishers Weekly