Memoirs of Hadrian

Memoirs of Hadrian

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by Marguerite Yourcenar, Grace Frick
     
 

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Written in the form of a testamentary letter from the Emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, this work is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the second century of our era. The author describes the book as a meditation upon history, but this meditation is built upon intensive study of the

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Written in the form of a testamentary letter from the Emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, this work is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the second century of our era. The author describes the book as a meditation upon history, but this meditation is built upon intensive study of the personal and political life of a great and complex character as seen by himself and his contemporaries, both friends and enemies. Marguerite Yourcenar reconstructs Hadrian's arduous early years, his triumphs and reversals, and his gradual reordering of a war-torn world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394605050
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/12/1984
Edition description:
1st Modern Library ed
Pages:
368

Meet the Author

Marguerite Yourcenar wrote stories, plays, poems, criticism, and novels. She was the first woman to be elected to the Academie Francaise, in 1980. She died in 1987.

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Marguerite Yourcenar brings with panache Hadrian, a 2nd century Roman Emperor, back to life. Impersonating Hadrian, Yourcenar imagines that he is writing a series of letters to the attention of Marcus Aurelius, his successor. The dying emperor is pondering over his own life and legacy to the world, as any contemporary reader will do one day. Although Hadrian knows that his contribution to humanity is as fragile as his own existence, he wants to remain optimistic about the destiny of Rome and the future of human race.
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This book, written by the first woman to be admitted into the French Academy (l'Academie Francaise) will captivate you. Written as an autobiography, it expresses the thoughts and feelings of a common man, who was also the emperor or Rome. Beautifully written, it covers all aspects of a man's life, describing the soul, mind and heart of Hadrian. This is a masterpiece which should be read by anyone looking for a superb story full of humanity. This book is the best example of french contemporary literature. An outstanding book which you will like to give to anyone you love.