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Title: Hadrian: The Restless Emperor
Author: Birley, Anthony R
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 1997
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415228121
Volumes: 1; Pages: 424
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This widely acclaimed book brilliantly uses new evidence to chronicle the life of a man who, while broken and hated at his death, nevertheless left an indelible stamp on the Roman Empire.
Birley shows how Hadrian brazenly abandoned his predecessor Trajan's eastern conquests, constructed new demarcation lines in Germany, North Africa, and most famously Hadrian's Wall in Britain, to limit the expansion of the Empire. This engrossing book also explores Hadrian's dramatic personal life, including his tragic love affair with the young Antinous, whose death in the Nile caused speculations of suicide and even ritual sacrifice.
"An excellent, and long overdue, biography of one of the greatest and most accomplished of the Roman emperors..."--Kirkus Reviews
"With meticulous scholarship, this balanced biography portrays a cultured tyrant who used his secret police to spy on friends and family as well as a restless traveler who spent half his reign touring his farflung provinces..."--Publishers Weekly
"Effectively captures and communicates Hadrian's passionate nature... An epic account of one of Ancient Rome's most fascinating and influential emperors..."--Booklist
"Hadrian would undoubtedly work well in many upper level classes. In short, this biography is a necessary addition to the library of all students and scholars of the Roman Empire."--Religious Studies Review