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Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Entertaining and educational

    If you have an interest in ancient Rome or in history in general, I'd highly recommend this book. The author tells the story of Hadrian and his world in a a manner that is interesting from start to finish.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Provides a fascinating insight on early Roman ethos

    Hadrian was not, in my opinion, the most interesting guy to lead the Roman empire. But the book's narrative about the life and mores of the early Latins is worth the read.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Everitt previously demonstrated his ability to produce a compell

    Everitt previously demonstrated his ability to produce a compelling biography with his book on Cicero, and "Hadrian" follows in the same footsteps. It is interesting that it takes a visiting professor of the visual and performing arts (rather than a historian by profession) to deliver a well-written, easy flowing, and obviously extensively researched account of the life of a frequently overlooked, if not ignored, emperor who left his mark on the history of the Roman empire as well as European geography.

    In particular, Everitt's account drawn from Hadrian's column is a masterpiece of historical evaluation, based on a keen observing eye and an obvious grasp of the known historical facts (sparse as they may be at times). Neither does Everitt shy away from highlighting lacunas as and when neither archeology, records found or coin imagery provide accurate information about specific events or periods. Then, he carefully offers speculative views that include a spectrum of possibilities based on what is actually known without pretending to have definitive answers. Such honesty marks the true historian.

    As for the persona of Hadrian, Everitt's portray is probably as complete as it will ever be, highlighting Hadrian's nostalgic revival of Augustian values and policies, his grasp of political necessities, as well as the desire to strengthen the Roman Empire from within rather than to rely on expansion. A thoroughly enjoyable read and a valuable addition to one's library.

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