" Acclaimed author Anthony Everitt, whose Augustus was praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a narrative of sustained drama and skillful analysis; is the rare writer whose work both informs and enthralls. In
Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome;the first major account of the emperor in nearly a century;Everitt presents a compelling, richly researched biography of the man whom he calls arguably; the most successful of Romes rulers.
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. Everitt vividly recounts Hadrians 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. Hadrian was brave and astute despite his sometimes prickly demeanor as well as an accomplished huntsman, poet, and student of philosophy.
What distinguished Hadrian& rule, according to Everitt, were two insights that inevitably ensured the empires long and prosperous future: He ended Romes territorial expansion, which had become strategically and economically untenable, by fortifying her boundaries (the many famed Walls of Hadrian), and he effectively hellenize's Rome by anointing Athens the empires cultural centre, thereby making Greek learning and art vastly more prominent in Roman life.
With unprecedented detail, Everitt illuminates Hadrians 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. Everitt also covers Hadrians war against the Jews, which planted the seeds of present-day discord in the Middle East.
Despite his tremendous legacy including a virtual marble biography& of still-standing structures Hadrian is considered one of Romes more enigmatic emperors. But 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. "
Book has black and grey cloth coloured boards with gilt lettering to the spine. In very good condition with clean, bright pages throughout and securely bound. Some scuffs marks to the rear of the dust jacket. Printed in 2009, first edition.