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- Hadrian Originally Publius Aelius Hadrianus. A.D. 76-138. Emperor of Rome (117-138) who sought to end distinctions between Rome and the Roman provinces. During his visit to Britain (122), he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall.
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- proper n. The Roman emperor Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus.
- proper n. A male given name; a rare variant of Adrian
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- n. Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138)
Part of the mastery of "Memoirs of Hadrian" is in its reminder that the emperor, like the rest of us, remains imprisoned in a perishable human body.
So Rome sent their finest general, a young man by the name of Hadrian, who responded with a level of brutality that earned him a reputation throughout the empire.
Aurelius Victor (in Traj. 348, ed. Artzen) says that Hadrian first received this title on his adoption; but as the adoption of Hadrian is still doubtful, and besides this, as Trajan, on his death-bed, was not likely to have created a new title for his successor, it is more probable that Aelius Verus was the first who was called Caesar when adopted by Hadrian.
117 Whatever might be the success of his prayer, or the accidents of his future life, the period of a few years levelled in the grave the minister and the poet: but the name of Hadrian is almost sunk in oblivion, while
Pictured: ancient Roman border security in England, aka Hadrian's Wall.
A famous bearer of the name was Publius Aelius Hadrianus, better known as Hadrian, a 2nd-century Roman emperor who built a wall across northern Britain.
She remembered the builder of Antinoe, a Roman covered with sores and full of sickness called Hadrian.
Even if one does not agree with the German scholar Otto Hirschfeld, who in 1905 called Hadrian 'the most remarkable of all the Roman emperors,' one may agree with Sir Samuel Dill, at one time professor at Belfast, who a year earlier had called him 'the most interesting' among them.
Greece and Athens, that, according to his biographer Spartianus, this city, where a new section called Hadrian's quarter was built at the south-east of the old town, again became the centre of Hellenic culture.
Hadrian, which is said to have been found in the Roman camp at