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Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome Paperback – Illustrated, September 14, 2010
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“Excellent . . . highly recommended . . . a skillfully analyzed and well-researched narrative.”—Library Journal
“One gets a clear and compelling sense of Hadrian’s times.”—The New Yorker
“[A] skillful portrait . . . The author of biographies of Augustus and Cicero, British scholar Everitt now combines academic expertise with lively prose in a satisfying account of the emperor.”—Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Anthony Everitt, visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture, and is the author of Cicero and Augustus. He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. Everitt lives near Colchester, England’s first recorded town, founded by the Romans.
- ISBN-10 : 0812978145
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812978148
- Dimensions : 6.13 x 0.95 x 9.22 inches
- Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (September 14, 2010)
- Paperback : 448 pages
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #176,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like recent past examples (Richard Nixon, Deng Xiaoping, Mikhail Gorbachev), Hadrian looks at the realities of the moment and has the wisdom and courage to see and consider alternatives. In his case, it was the modest retreat of Roman armies to much more defensible, stable borders, but still maintaining the lucrative broad interests of the Roman Empire.....trade routes (the eastern Mediterranean ), key natural resources (Great Britain),friendly allied tribes (present day Spain, Germany), etc. By retreating from the Tigris, Euphrates rivers, moving south of the Danube and west of the Rhine, building a wall across present day southern Scotland, Hadrian help launch a very stable period of economic and social stability across the wider empire that still has implications to this day.
During a quiet interlude in the civil wars before the great denouement at Actium (31 BC), Mark Anthony reached the Caspian Sea and present day Baghdad in hopes of overcoming the Armenians and the Parthians......what would the world be the like today if the Romans had remained for a few hundred years? By the way, Anthony had a large contingent of Jewish mercenaries with him at the time.......very tough fighting men for their day.
The book also deals with Hadrian’s love of Greek culture and his interests beyond geopolitics and warfare. Additionally, do not expect this book to begin with Hadrian‘s first day as emperor. Rather, the author gives you a thorough discussion of Hadrian‘s rise through the ranks and especially his service to the Emperor Trajan.
The photograph submitted with this review is of a bust of Hadrian.
In addition, I did feel that more detail was given in this book to the actual specifics of governing Rome and Roman lifestyle and habits than the readers ever received with the other two biographies.
Mr. Everitt has a great way of putting things and I find myself chuckling often through his books. One is very much drawn in and feels like the character in the book has been known for years. I can actually envision some of the things happening.
As always, I remain a fan of Mr. Everitt's work. I am willing to purchase any of his writings if on a topic of interest to me.