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{{About|the Roman emperor|other people of this name and its derivations|Adrian (disambiguation)|the World War II glider |Waco CG-4}}{{short description|2nd-century Roman Emperor}}{{good article}}{{Use dmy dates|date=October 2019}}{{EngvarB|date=July 2019}}

name Hadrian| full name = Publius Aelius Hadrianus| regnal name = Imperator Caesar Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Augustus| image = Busts of Hadrianus in Venice cropped.jpg| caption = Marble bust of Hadrian at the Venice National Archaeological Museum

Roman Emperor>Emperor of the Roman Empire| reign =10 August 117 – 10 July 138| predecessor = Trajan| successor = Antoninus Pius| spouse = Vibia Sabina
    Nervan-Antonian Dynasty>Nerva-Antonine Italica, Hispania (most likely) or Rome, Roman Italy>Italia| death_date = 10 July 138 (aged 62)| death_place = BaiaePuteoli Hadrian's Mausoleum (Rome)}}Augustus (honorific)>Augustus}}{{Nerva–Antonine dynasty|image=|caption=}}Hadrian ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|h|eɪ|d|r|i|ən}}; ; 24 January 76 – 10 July 138) was Roman emperor from 117 to 138.As emperor his name was Imperator Caesar Divi Traiani filius Traianus Hadrianus Augustus. He was born Publius Aelius Hadrianus in Italica, Hispania Baetica, into a Hispano-Italic family that settled in Spain from the Italian city of Atri in Picenum. His father was of senatorial rank and was a first cousin of Emperor Trajan. He married Trajan's grand-niece Vibia Sabina early in his career, before Trajan became emperor and possibly at the behest of Trajan's wife Pompeia Plotina. Plotina and Trajan's close friend and adviser Lucius Licinius Sura were well disposed towards Hadrian. When Trajan died, his widow claimed that he had nominated Hadrian as emperor immediately before his death.Rome's military and Senate approved Hadrian's succession, but four leading senators were unlawfully put to death soon after. They had opposed Hadrian or seemed to threaten his succession, and the senate held him responsible for it and never forgave him. He earned further disapproval among the elite by abandoning Trajan's expansionist policies and territorial gains in Mesopotamia, Assyria, Armenia, and parts of Dacia. Hadrian preferred to invest in the development of stable, defensible borders and the unification of the empire's disparate peoples. He is known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Britannia.Hadrian energetically pursued his own Imperial ideals and personal interests. He visited almost every province of the Empire, accompanied by an Imperial retinue of specialists and administrators. He encouraged military preparedness and discipline, and he fostered, designed, or personally subsidised various civil and religious institutions and building projects. In Rome itself, he rebuilt the Pantheon and constructed the vast Temple of Venus and Roma. In Egypt, he may have rebuilt the Serapeum of Alexandria. He was an ardent admirer of Greece and sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire, so he ordered the construction of many opulent temples there. His intense relationship with Greek youth Antinous and Antinous' untimely death led Hadrian to establish a widespread cult late in his reign. He suppressed the Bar Kokhba revolt in Judaea, but his reign was otherwise peaceful.Hadrian's last years were marred by chronic illness. He saw the Bar Kokhba revolt as the failure of his panhellenic ideal. He executed two more senators for their alleged plots against him, and this provoked further resentment. His marriage to Vibia Sabina had been unhappy and childless; he adopted Antoninus Pius in 138 and nominated him as a successor, on the condition that Antoninus adopt Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as his own heirs. Hadrian died the same year at Baiae, and Antoninus had him deified, despite opposition from the Senate. Edward Gibbon includes him among the Empire's "Five Good Emperors", a "benevolent dictator"; Hadrian's own senate found him remote and authoritarian. He has been described as enigmatic and contradictory, with a capacity for both great personal generosity and extreme cruelty and driven by insatiable curiosity, self-conceit, and ambition.Ando, Clifford. “Phoenix.” Phoenix, vol. 52, no. 1/2, 1998, pp. 183–185. JSTOR,weblink Modern interest was revived largely thanks to Marguerite Yourcenar's novel Mémoires d'Hadrien (1951).

    Early life

    File:Arc d'Adrià, Atenes.JPG|thumb|Hadrian's Arch in central Athens, GreeceGreeceHadrian was born on 24 January 76, probably in Italica (near modern Seville) in the Roman province of Hispania Baetica; one Roman biographer claims he was born at Rome.BOOK, Mary T. Boatwright, Barrett, Anthony, Lives of the Caesars, 2008, Wiley-Blackwell, 978-1-4051-2755-4, 159, From Domitian to Hadrian, Alicia M. Canto, Itálica, sedes natalis de Adriano. 31 textos históricos y argumentos para una secular polémica, Athenaeum XCII/2, 2004, 367–408.Ronald Syme, "Hadrian and Italica" (Journal of Roman Studies, LIV, 1964; pp.{{nbsp}}142–149) supports the position that Rome was Hadrian's birthplace. Canto argues that among the ancient sources, only the Historia Augusta, Vita Hadriani 2,4, claims this. 25 other sources, including Hadrian's horoscope, state that he was born in Italica. See Stephan Heiler, "The Emperor Hadrian in the Horoscopes of Antigonus of Nicaea", in Günther Oestmann, H. Darrel Rutkin, Kocku von Stuckrad, eds.,Horoscopes and Public Spheres: Essays on the History of Astrology, Walter de Gruyter, 2005, p. 49 {{ISBN|978-3-11-018545-4}}: Cramer, FH., Astrology in Roman Law and Politics, Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, 37, Philadelphia, 1954 (reprinted 1996), 162–178, footnotes 121b, 122 et al.,Googlebooks preview O.{{nbsp}}Neugebauer and H.{{nbsp}}B. Van Hoesen, "Greek Horoscopes" Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, 48, 76, Philadelphia, 1959, pp. 80–90, 91, and footnote 19, googlebooks preview of 1987 edition He was named Publius Aelius Hadrianus. His father was Publius Aelius Hadrianus Afer, a senator of praetorian rank, born and raised in Italica but paternally linked, through many generations over several centuries, to a family from Hadria (modern Atri), an ancient town in Picenum. The family had settled in Italica soon after its founding by Scipio Africanus. Hadrian's mother was Domitia Paulina, daughter of a distinguished Hispano-Roman senatorial family from Gades (Cádiz).Royston Lambert, Beloved And God, pp.{{nbsp}}31–32. His only sibling was an elder sister, Aelia Domitia Paulina. Hadrian's great-nephew, Gnaeus Pedanius Fuscus Salinator, from Barcino (Barcelona) would become Hadrian's colleague as co-consul in 118. As a senator, Hadrian's father would have spent much of his time in Rome.On the numerous senatorial families from Spain residing at Rome and its vicinity around the time of Hadrian's birth see R. Syme, 'Spaniards at Tivoli', in Roman Papers IV (Oxford, 1988), pp.{{nbsp}}96–114. Hadrian went on to build an Imperial villa at Tivoli (Tibur) In terms of his later career, Hadrian's most significant family connection was to Trajan, his father's first cousin, who was also of senatorial stock, and had been born and raised in Italica. Hadrian and Trajan were both considered to be{{snd}}in the words of Aurelius Victor{{snd}}"aliens", people "from the outside" (advenae).Alicia M. Canto, "La dinastía Ulpio-Aelia (96–192 d.C.): ni tan Buenos, ni tan Adoptivos ni tan Antoninos". Gerión (21.1): 263–305. 2003Hadrian's parents died in 86, when he was ten years old. He and his sister became wards of Trajan and Publius Acilius Attianus (who later became Trajan's Praetorian prefect). Hadrian was physically active, and enjoyed hunting; when he was 14, Trajan called him to Rome and arranged his further education in subjects appropriate to a young Roman aristocrat.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}24–26 Hadrian's enthusiasm for Greek literature and culture earned him the nickname Graeculus ("Greekling").Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}16–17 Trajan married Paulina off to the three-times consul Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus; the couple had a daughter, Julia Serviana Paulina.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}19

    Public service

    Hadrian's first official post in Rome was as a judge at the Inheritance court, one among many vigintivirate offices at the lowest level of the cursus honorum ("course of honours") that could lead to higher office and a senatorial career. He then served as a military tribune, first with the Legio{{nbsp}}II Adiutrix in 95, then with the Legio V Macedonica. During Hadrian's second stint as tribune, the frail and aged reigning emperor Nerva adopted Trajan as his heir; Hadrian was dispatched to give Trajan the news— or most probably was one of many emissaries charged with this same commission.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}37 Then he was transferred to Legio XXII Primigenia and a third tribunate.John D. Grainger, Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis of AD 96–99. Abingdon: Routledge, 2004, {{ISBN|0-415-34958-3}}, p. 109 Hadrian's three tribunates gave him some career advantage. Most scions of the older senatorial families might serve one, or at most two military tribunates as a prerequisite to higher office.Thorsten Opper, The Emperor Hadrian. British Museum Press, 2008, p.{{snds}}39Jörg Fündling, Kommentar zur Vita Hadriani der Historia Augusta (= Antiquitas. Reihe 4: Beiträge zur Historia-Augusta-Forschung, Serie 3: Kommentare, Bände 4.1 und 4.2). Habelt, Bonn 2006, {{ISBN|3-7749-3390-1}}, p. 351. When Nerva died in 98, Hadrian is said to have hastened to Trajan, to inform him ahead of the official envoy sent by the governor, Hadrian's brother-in-law and rival Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus.John D. Grainger, Nerva and the Roman Succession Crisis, p. 109; Alan K. Bowman, Peter Garnsey, Dominic Rathbone, eds. The Cambridge Ancient History – XI. Cambridge U. P.: 2000, {{ISBN|0-521-26335-2}}, p. 133.In 101, Hadrian was back in Rome; he was elected quaestor, then quaestor imperatoris Traiani, liaison officer between Emperor and the assembled Senate, to whom he read the Emperor's communiqués and speeches â€“ which he possibly composed on the emperor's behalf. In his role as imperial ghostwriter, Hadrian took the place of the recently deceased Licinius Sura, Trajan's all-powerful friend and kingmaker.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}54 His next post was as ab actis senatus, keeping the Senate's records.Boatwright, in Barrett, p. 158 During the First Dacian War, Hadrian took the field as a member of Trajan's personal entourage, but was excused from his military post to take office in Rome as Tribune of the Plebs, in 105. After the war, he was probably elected praetor.The text of Historia Augusta (Vita Hadriani, 3.8) is garbled, stating that Hadrian's election to the praetorship was contemporary "to the second consulate of Suburanus and Servianus" – two characters that had non-simultaneous second consulships – so Hadrian's election could be dated to 102 or 104, the later date being the most accepted During the Second Dacian War, Hadrian was in Trajan's personal service again, but was released to serve as legate of Legio I Minervia, then as governor of Lower Pannonia in 107, tasked with "holding back the Sarmatians".Bowman, p. 133Anthony Everitt, 2013, Chapter XI: "holding back the Sarmatians" may simply have meant maintaining and patrolling the border.Now in his mid-thirties, Hadrian travelled to Greece; he was granted Athenian citizenship and was appointed eponymous archon of Athens for a brief time (in 112).The inscription in footnote 1 The Athenians awarded him a statue with an inscription in the Theater of Dionysus (IG II2 3286) offering a detailed account of his cursus honorum thus far.The Athenian inscription confirms and expands the one in Historia Augusta; see John Bodel, ed., Epigraphic Evidence: Ancient History From Inscriptions. Abingdon: Routledge, 2006, {{ISBN|0-415-11623-6}}, p. 89His career in office up to 112/113 is attested by the Athens inscription, 112 AD: CIL III, 550 = InscrAtt 3 = IG II, 3286 = Dessau 308 = IDRE 2, 365: decemvir stlitibus iudicandis/ sevir turmae equitum Romanorum/ praefectus Urbi feriarum Latinarum/ tribunus militum legionis II Adiutricis Piae Fidelis (95, in Pannonia Inferior)/ tribunus militum legionis V Macedonicae (96, in Moesia Inferior)/ tribunus militum legionis XXII Primigeniae Piae Fidelis (97, in Germania Superior)/ quaestor (101)/ ab actis senatus/ tribunus plebis (105)/ praetor (106)/ legatus legionis I Minerviae Piae Fidelis (106, in Germania Inferior)/ legatus Augusti pro praetore Pannoniae Inferioris (107)/ consul suffectus (108)/ septemvir epulonum (before 112)/ sodalis Augustalis (before 112)/ archon Athenis (112/13).He also held office as legatus Syriae (117): see H.{{nbsp}}W. Benario in Thereafter no more is heard of him until Trajan's Parthian War. It is possible that he remained in Greece until his recall to the imperial retinue, when he joined Trajan's expedition against Parthia as a legate.Anthony Birley, Hadrian the Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}68 When the governor of Syria was sent to deal with renewed troubles in Dacia, Hadrian was appointed his replacement, with independent command.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}75 Trajan became seriously ill, and took ship for Rome, while Hadrian remained in Syria, de facto general commander of the Eastern Roman army.Karl Strobel: Kaiser Traian. Eine Epoche der Weltgeschichte. Regensburg: 2010, p. 401. Trajan got as far as the coastal city of Selinus, in Cilicia, and died there, on 8 August; he would be regarded as one of Rome's most admired, popular and best emperors.

    Relationship with Trajan and his family

    File:050 Conrad Cichorius, Die Reliefs der Traianssäule, Tafel L.jpg|thumb|left|upright=1.35|A relief scene on Trajan's Column in Rome, 2nd-century monument attributed to Apollodorus of Damascus (monochrome graphics by Conrad Cichorius), showing a Roman legion storming a Dacian fortress during Trajan's Dacian WarsTrajan's Dacian WarsAround the time of his quaestorship, in 100 or 101, Hadrian had married Trajan's seventeen or eighteen-year-old grandniece, Vibia Sabina. Trajan himself seems to have been less than enthusiastic about the marriage, and with good reason, as the couple's relationship would prove to be scandalously poor.Robert H. Allen, The Classical Origins of Modern Homophobia, Jefferson: Mcfarland, 2006, {{ISBN|978-0-7864-2349-1}}, p.{{nbsp}}120 The marriage might have been arranged by Trajan's empress, Plotina. This highly cultured, influential woman shared many of Hadrian's values and interests, including the idea of the Roman Empire as a commonwealth with an underlying Hellenic culture.Hidalgo de la Vega, Maria José: "Plotina, Sabina y Las Dos Faustinas: La Función de Las Augustas en La Politica Imperial". Studia historica, Historia antigua, 18, 2000, pp. 191–224. Available at weblink. Retrieved 11 January 2017 If Hadrian were to be appointed Trajan's successor, Plotina and her extended family could retain their social profile and political influence after Trajan's death.Plotina may have sought to avoid the fate of her contemporary, former empress Domitia Longina, who had fallen into social and political oblivion: see François Chausson, "Variétés Généalogiques IV:Cohésion, Collusions, Collisions: Une Autre Dynastie Antonine", in Giorgio Bonamente, Hartwin Brandt, eds., Historiae Augustae Colloquium Bambergense. Bari: Edipuglia, 2007, {{ISBN|978-88-7228-492-6}}, p.143 Hadrian could also count on the support of his mother-in-law, Salonina Matidia, who was daughter of Trajan's beloved sister Ulpia Marciana.Marasco, p. 375Tracy Jennings, "A Man Among Gods: Evaluating the Significance of Hadrian's Acts of Deification." Journal of Undergraduate Research: 54. Available at weblink {{webarchive|url=|date=16 April 2017}}. Accessed 15 April 2017 When Ulpia Marciana died, in 112, Trajan had her deified, and made Salonina Matidia an Augusta.This made Hadrian the first senator in history to have an Augusta as his mother-in-law, something that his contemporaries could not fail to notice: see Christer Brun, "Matidia die Jüngere", IN Anne Kolb, ed., Augustae. Machtbewusste Frauen am römischen Kaiserhof?: Herrschaftsstrukturen und Herrschaftspraxis II. Akten der Tagung in Zürich 18.-20. 9. 2008. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010, {{ISBN|978-3-05-004898-7}}, p.{{nbsp}}230Hadrian's personal relationship with Trajan was complex, and may have been difficult. Hadrian seems to have sought influence over Trajan, or Trajan's decisions, through cultivation of the latter's boy favourites; this gave rise to some unexplained quarrel, around the time of Hadrian's marriage to Sabina.Thorsten Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict. Harvard University Press, 2008, p.170David L. Balch, Carolyn Osiek, eds., Early Christian Families in Context: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003, {{ISBN|0-8028-3986-X}}, p.{{nbsp}}301 Late in Trajan's reign, Hadrian failed to achieve a senior consulship, being only suffect consul for 108;Anthony R Birley, Hadrian: The Restless Emperor, p.{{nbsp}}54 this gave him parity of status with other members of the senatorial nobility,Alan K. Bowman, Peter Garnsey, Dominic Rathbone, eds., The Cambridge Ancient History, XI, p. 133 but no particular distinction befitting an heir designate.Mackay, Christopher. Ancient Rome: a Military and Political History. Cambridge U. Press: 2007, {{ISBN|0-521-80918-5}}, p.{{nbsp}}229 Had Trajan wished it, he could have promoted his protege to patrician rank and its privileges, which included opportunities for a fast track to consulship without prior experience as tribune; he chose not to.Fündling, 335 While Hadrian seems to have been granted the office of Tribune of the Plebs a year or so younger than was customary, he had to leave Dacia, and Trajan, to take up the appointment; Trajan might simply have wanted him out of the way.Gabriele Marasco, ed., Political Autobiographies and Memoirs in Antiquity: A Brill Companion. Leiden: Brill, 2011, {{ISBN|978-90-04-18299-8}}, p.{{nbsp}}375 The Historia Augusta describes Trajan's gift to Hadrian of a diamond ring that Trajan himself had received from Nerva, which "encouraged [Hadrian's] hopes of succeeding to the throne".Historia Augusta, Life of Hadrian, 3.7In 23 BC Augustus handed a similar ring to his heir apparent, Agrippa: see Judith Lynn Sebesta, Larissa Bonfante, eds., The World of Roman Costume. University of Wisconsin Press, 1994, p. 78 While Trajan actively promoted Hadrian's advancement, he did so with caution.Fündling, 351File:Bust of Trajan wearing the Civic Crown with medallion, a sword belt and the aegis (as symbol of divine power and world domination), Glyptothek, Munich (9014436520).jpg|thumb|Bust of Emperor Trajan wearing the civic crown and the aegis, symbol of divine power and world domination, GlyptothekGlyptothek


    Failure to nominate an heir could invite chaotic, destructive wresting of power by a succession of competing claimants – a civil war. Too early a nomination could be seen as an abdication, and reduce the chance for an orderly transmission of power.Fündling, 384; Strobel, 401. As Trajan lay dying, nursed by his wife, Plotina, and closely watched by Prefect Attianus, he could have lawfully adopted Hadrian as heir, by means of a simple deathbed wish, expressed before witnesses;John Richardson, "The Roman Mind and the power of fiction" IN Lewis Ayres, Ian Gray Kidd, eds. The Passionate Intellect: Essays on the Transformation of Classical Traditions : Presented to Professor I.G. Kidd. New Brunswick: Transaction Books, 1995, {{ISBN|1-56000-210-7}}, p. 128 but when an adoption document was eventually presented, it was signed not by Trajan but by Plotina, and was dated the day after Trajan's death.Elizabeth Speller, p. 25 That Hadrian was still in Syria was a further irregularity, as Roman adoption law required the presence of both parties at the adoption ceremony. Rumours, doubts, and speculation attended Hadrian's adoption and succession. It has been suggested that Trajan's young manservant Phaedimus, who died very soon after Trajan, was killed (or killed himself) rather than face awkward questions.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 80 Ancient sources are divided on the legitimacy of Hadrian's adoption: Dio Cassius saw it as bogus and the Historia Augusta writer as genuine.Stephan Brassloff, "Die Rechtsfrage bei der Adoption Hadrians". Hermes 49. Bd., H. 4 (Sep. 1914), pp. 590–601 An aureus minted early in Hadrian's reign represents the official position; it presents Hadrian as Trajan's "Caesar" (Trajan's heir designate).The coin legend runs HADRIANO TRAIANO CAESARI; see Roman, Yves, Rémy, Bernard & Riccardi, Laurent:" Les intrigues de Plotine et la succession de Trajan. À propos d'un aureus au nom d'Hadrien César". Révue des études anciennes, T. 111, 2009, no. 2, pp. 508–517

    Emperor (117)

    Securing power

    (File:Roman Empire 125.png|thumb|upright=2.05|The Roman Empire in 125, under the rule of Hadrian)File:Mauzoleum Hadriana.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Castel Sant'Angelo, the ancient Hadrian MausoleumMausoleumFile:Hadrianus coin - 119.jpg|thumb|A denarius of Hadrian issued in 119 AD for his third (Roman consul|consulship]]. Inscription: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS / LIBERALITAS AVG. CO[N]S III, P. P.)According to the Historia Augusta, Hadrian informed the Senate of his accession in a letter as a fait accompli, explaining that "the unseemly haste of the troops in acclaiming him emperor was due to the belief that the state could not be without an emperor".Historia Augusta, Life of Hadrian, 6.2 The new emperor rewarded the legions' loyalty with the customary bonus, and the Senate endorsed the acclamation. Various public ceremonies were organised on Hadrian's behalf, celebrating his "divine election" by all the gods, whose community now included Trajan, deified at Hadrian's request.Egyptian papyri tell of one such ceremony between 117 and 118; see Michael Peppard, The Son of God in the Roman World: Divine Sonship in Its Social and Political Context. Oxford U. Press, 2011, {{ISBN|978-0-19-975370-3}}, pp. 72fHadrian remained in the east for a while, suppressing the Jewish revolt that had broken out under Trajan. He relieved Judea's governor, the outstanding Moorish general Lusius Quietus, of his personal guard of Moorish auxiliaries;Royston Lambert, p. 34Cizek, Eugen. L'éloge de Caius Avidius Nigrinus chez Tacite et le " complot " des consulaires. In: Bulletin de l'Association Guillaume Budé, no. 3, octobre 1980. pp. 276–294. Retrieved 10 June 2015. Available at weblink then he moved on to quell disturbances along the Danube frontier. In Rome, Hadrian's former guardian and current Praetorian Prefect, Attianus, claimed to have uncovered a conspiracy involving four leading senators, who included Lusius Quietus.Elizabeth Speller. There was no public trial for the four â€“ they were tried in absentia, hunted down and killed. Hadrian claimed that Attianus had acted on his own initiative, and rewarded him with senatorial status and consular rank; then pensioned him off, no later than 120.It is likely that Hadrian found Attianus' ambition suspect. Attianus was likely dead, or executed, by the end of Hadrian's reign; see Françoise Des Boscs-Plateaux, Un parti hispanique à Rome?: ascension des élites hispaniques et pouvoir politique d'Auguste à Hadrien, 27 av. J.-C.-138 ap. J.-C. Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 2005, {{ISBN|84-95555-80-8}}, p. 611 Hadrian assured the senate that henceforth their ancient right to prosecute and judge their own would be respected.The reasons for these four executions remain obscure. Official recognition of Hadrian as legitimate heir may have come too late to dissuade other potential claimants.Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, 55 Hadrian's greatest rivals were Trajan's closest friends, the most experienced and senior members of the imperial council;John Antony Crook, Consilium Principis: Imperial Councils and Counsellors from Augustus to Diocletian. Cambridge University Press: 1955, pp. 54f any of them might have been a legitimate competitor for the imperial office (capaces imperii);Marasco, p. 377 and any of them might have supported Trajan's expansionist policies, which Hadrian intended to change.M. Christol & D. Nony, Rome et son Empire. Paris: Hachette, 2003, {{ISBN|2-01-145542-1}}, p. 158 One of their number was Aulus Cornelius Palma who as a former conqueror of Arabia Nabatea would have retained a stake in the East.Hadrien Bru, Le pouvoir impérial dans les provinces syriennes: Représentations et célébrations d'Auguste à Constantin. Leiden: Brill, 2011, {{ISBN|978-90-04-20363-1}}, pp. 46f The Historia Augusta describes Palma and a third executed senator, Lucius Publilius Celsus (consul for the second time in 113), as Hadrian's personal enemies, who had spoken in public against him.Carcopino Jérôme. "L'hérédité dynastique chez les Antonins". Revue des Études Anciennes. Tome 51, 1949, no.3–4. pp. 262–321. The fourth was Gaius Avidius Nigrinus, an ex-consul, intellectual, friend of Pliny the Younger and (briefly) Governor of Dacia at the start of Hadrian's reign. He was probably Hadrian's chief rival for the throne; a senator of highest rank, breeding, and connections; according to the Historia Augusta, Hadrian had considered making Nigrinus his heir apparent, before deciding to get rid of him.Cizek, "L'éloge de Caius Avidius Nigrinus"Nigrinus' ambiguous relationship with Hadrian would have consequences late in Hadrian's reign, when he had to plan his own succession; see Anthony Everitt, Hadrian and the triumph of Rome. New York: Random House, 2009, {{ISBN|978-1-4000-6662-9}}.Soon after, in 125, Hadrian appointed Marcius Turbo as his Praetorian Prefect.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 91 Turbo was his close friend, a leading figure of the equestrian order, a senior court judge and a procurator.Christol & Nony, p. 158Richard P. Saller, Personal Patronage Under the Early Empire. Cambridge University Press: 2002, {{ISBN|0-521-23300-3}}, p. 140 As Hadrian also forbade equestrians to try cases against senators,Richard A. Bauman, Crime and Punishment in Ancient Rome. London: Routledge, 2002, {{ISBN|0-203-42858-7}}, p. 83 the Senate retained full legal authority over its members; it also remained the highest court of appeal, and formal appeals to the emperor regarding its decisions were forbidden.Digest, 49 2, I,2, quoted by P.E. Corbett, "The Legislation of Hadrian". University of Pennsylvania Law Review and American Law Register, Vol. 74, No. 8 (Jun. 1926), pp. 753–766 If this was an attempt to repair the damage done by Attianus, with or without Hadrian's full knowledge, it was not enough; Hadrian's reputation and relationship with his Senate were iredeemably soured, for the rest of his reign.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 88 Some sources describe Hadrian's occasional recourse to a network of informers, the frumentariiChristopher J. Fuhrmann, Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order. Oxford University Press, 2012, {{ISBN|978-0-19-973784-0}}, p. 153 to discreetly investigate persons of high social standing, including senators and his close friends.Rose Mary Sheldon, Intelligence Activities in Ancient Rome: Trust in the Gods But Verify. London: Routledge, 2004, {{ISBN|0-7146-5480-9}}, p. 253


    File:Hadrian Greek BM Sc1381.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|This famous statue of Hadrian in Greek dress was revealed in 2008 to have been forged in the Victorian era by cobbling together a head of Hadrian and an unknown body. For years, the statue had been used by historians as proof of Hadrian's love of Hellenic culture.NEWS, Kennedy, Maev, How Victorian restorers faked the clothes that seemed to show Hadrian's softer side, The Guardian, 9 June 2008,weblink 9 June 2008, British MuseumBritish MuseumHadrian was to spend more than half his reign outside Italy. Whereas previous emperors had, for the most part, relied on the reports of their imperial representatives around the Empire, Hadrian wished to see things for himself. Previous emperors had often left Rome for long periods, but mostly to go to war, returning once the conflict was settled. Hadrian's near-incessant travels may represent a calculated break with traditions and attitudes in which the empire was a purely Roman hegemony. Hadrian sought to include provincials in a commonwealth of civilised peoples and a common Hellenic culture under Roman supervision.Paul Veyne, Le Pain et le Cirque, Paris: Seuil, 1976, {{ISBN|2-02-004507-9}}, p. 655 He supported the creation of provincial towns (municipia), semi-autonomous urban communities with their own customs and laws, rather than the imposition of new Roman colonies with Roman constitutions.András Mócsy, Pannonia and Upper Moesia (Routledge Revivals): A History of the Middle Danube Provinces of the Roman Empire, Routledge, 2014 {{page}}A cosmopolitan, ecumenical intent is evident in coin issues of Hadrian's later reign, showing the emperor "raising up" the personifications of various provinces.Paul Veyne, " Humanitas: Romans and non-Romans". In Andrea Giardina, ed., The Romans, University of Chicago Press: 1993, {{ISBN|0-226-29049-2}}, p. 364 Aelius Aristides would later write that Hadrian "extended over his subjects a protecting hand, raising them as one helps fallen men on their feet".Christol & Nony, p. 159 All this did not go well with Roman traditionalists. The self-indulgent emperor Nero had enjoyed a prolonged and peaceful tour of Greece, and had been criticised by the Roman elite for abandoning his fundamental responsibilities as emperor. In the eastern provinces, and to some extent in the west, Nero had enjoyed popular support; claims of his imminent return or rebirth emerged almost immediately after his death. Hadrian may have consciously exploited these positive, popular connections during his own travels.Larry Joseph Kreitzer, Striking New Images: Roman Imperial Coinage and the New Testament World. Sheffield: A & C Black, 1996, {{ISBN|1-85075-623-6}}, pp. 194ff In the Historia Augusta, Hadrian is described as "a little too much Greek", too cosmopolitan for a Roman emperor.Simon Goldhill, Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2006, p. 12 {{ISBN|0-521-66317-2}}

    Britannia and the West (122)

    File:Milecastle 39 on Hadrian's Wall.jpg|thumb|Hadrian's Wall, the Roman frontier fortification in northern England. A milecastle is in the foreground.]]File:Hadrian Kapısı (4).JPG|thumb|Hadrian's GateHadrian's GateFile:Hadrian Arc Pan.jpg|thumb|right|Arch of Hadrian in Jerash, Transjordan, built to honour Hadrian's visit in 130]]Prior to Hadrian's arrival in Britannia, the province had suffered a major rebellion, from 119 to 121.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 123 Inscriptions tell of an expeditio Britannica that involved major troop movements, including the dispatch of a detachment (vexillatio), comprising some 3,000 soldiers. Fronto writes about military losses in Britannia at the time.Opper, p. 79 Coin legends of 119–120 attest that Pompeius Falco was sent to restore order. In 122 Hadrian initiated the construction of a wall, "to separate Romans from barbarians".Scriptores Historiae Augustae, Hadrian, xi, 2 The idea that the wall was built in order to deal with an actual threat or its resurgence, however, is probable but nevertheless conjectural.Nick Hodgson, Hadrian's Wall: Archaeology and history at the limit of Rome's empire. Ramsbury: Crowood Press, 2017,{{ISBN|978-0-7-1982-159-2}} A general desire to cease the Empire's extension may have been the determining motive. Reduction of defence costs may also have played a role, as the Wall deterred attacks on Roman territory at a lower cost than a massed border army,Patrick le Roux, Le haut-Empire romain en Occident d'Auguste aux Sévères. Paris: Seuil, 1998, {{ISBN|2-02-025932-X}}, p. 396 and controlled cross-border trade and immigration.Breeze, David J., and Brian Dobson, "Hadrian's Wall: Some Problems", Britannia, Vol. 3, (1972), pp. 182–208 A shrine was erected in York to Brittania as the divine personification of Britain; coins were struck, bearing her image, identified as BRITANNIA.WEB,weblink Britannia on British Coins, Chard, 25 June 2006, By the end of 122, Hadrian had concluded his visit to Britannia. He never saw the finished wall that bears his name.Hadrian appears to have continued through southern Gaul. At Nemausus, he may have overseen the building of a basilica dedicated to his patroness Plotina, who had recently died in Rome and had been deified at Hadrian's request.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 145 At around this time, Hadrian dismissed his secretary ab epistulis,BOOK, Potter, David S., David S. Potter, The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180–395,weblink Routledge, 2014, 77, 9781134694778, the biographer Suetonius, for "excessive familiarity" towards the empress.Jason König, Katerina Oikonomopoulou, Greg Woolf, eds. Ancient Libraries. Cambridge U. Press: 2013, {{ISBN|978-1-107-01256-1}}, page 251 Marcius Turbo's colleague as Praetorian Prefect, Gaius Septicius Clarus, was dismissed for the same alleged reason, perhaps a pretext to remove him from office.Anthony Everitt, Hadrian and the triumph of Rome. Hadrian spent the winter of 122/123 at Tarraco, in Spain, where he restored the Temple of Augustus.William E. Mierse, Temples and Towns in Roman Iberia: The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Sanctuary Designs from the Third Century B.C. to the Third Century A.D.. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, {{ISBN|0-520-20377-1}}, page 141

    Africa, Parthia and Anatolia; Antinous (123–124)

    File:024MAD Antinous.jpg|thumb|Statue of Antinous (Delphi), polychrome Parian marbleParian marbleIn 123, Hadrian crossed the Mediterranean to Mauretania, where he personally led a minor campaign against local rebels.Royston Lambert, pp. 41–2 The visit was cut short by reports of war preparations by Parthia; Hadrian quickly headed eastwards. At some point, he visited Cyrene, where he personally funded the training of young men from well-bred families for the Roman military. Cyrene had benefited earlier (in 119) from his restoration of public buildings destroyed during the earlier Jewish revolt.Anthony Birley, pp. 151–2The rebuilding continued until late in Hadrian's reign; in 138 a statue of Zeus was erected there, dedicated to Hadrian as Cyrene's "saviour and founder". See E. Mary Smallwood, The Jews Under Roman Rule from Pompey to Diocletian : a Study in Political Relations. Leiden, Brill, 2001, 0-391-04155-X, p. 410When Hadrian arrived on the Euphrates, he personally negotiated a settlement with the Parthian King Osroes I, inspected the Roman defences, then set off westwards, along the Black Sea coast.Anthony Birley, pp. 153–5 He probably wintered in Nicomedia, the main city of Bithynia. Nicomedia had been hit by an earthquake only shortly before his stay; Hadrian provided funds for its rebuilding, and was acclaimed as restorer of the province.Anthony Birley, pp. 157–8It is possible that Hadrian visited Claudiopolis and saw the beautiful Antinous, a young man of humble birth who became Hadrian's beloved. Literary and epigraphic sources say nothing on when or where they met; depictions of Antinous show him aged 20 or so, shortly before his death in 130. In 123 he would most likely have been a youth of 13 or 14. It is also possible that Antinous was sent to Rome to be trained as a page to serve the emperor and only gradually rose to the status of imperial favourite.Royston Lambert, pp. 60–1 The actual history of their relationship is mostly unknown.Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, p. 171With or without Antinous, Hadrian travelled through Anatolia. Various traditions suggest his presence at particular locations, and allege his foundation of a city within Mysia, Hadrianutherae, after a successful boar hunt. At about this time, plans to complete the Temple of Zeus in Cyzicus, begun by the kings of Pergamon, were put into practice. The temple received a colossal statue of Hadrian. Cyzicus, Pergamon, Smyrna, Ephesus and Sardes were promoted as regional centres for the Imperial cult (neocoros).Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 164–7

    Greece (124–125)

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    Pantheon (Rome)>Pantheon in Rome was rebuilt by Hadrian.}}Hadrian arrived in Greece during the autumn of 124, and participated in the Eleusinian Mysteries. He had a particular commitment to Athens, which had previously granted him citizenship and an archonate; at the Athenians' request, he revised their constitution â€“ among other things, he added a new phyle (tribe), which was named after him.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 175–7 Hadrian combined active, hands-on interventions with cautious restraint. He refused to intervene in a local dispute between producers of olive oil and the Athenian Assembly and Council, who had imposed production quotas on oil producers;Kaja Harter-Uibopuu, "Hadrian and the Athenian Oil Law", in O.M. Van Nijf â€“ R. Alston (ed.), Feeding the Ancient Greek city. Groningen- Royal Holloway Studies on the Greek City after the Classical Age, vol. 1, Louvain 2008, pp. 127–141 yet he granted an imperial subsidy for the Athenian grain supply.Brenda Longfellow, Roman Imperialism and Civic Patronage: Form, Meaning and Ideology in Monumental Fountain Complexes. Cambridge U. Press: 2011, {{ISBN|978-0-521-19493-8}}, p. 120 Hadrian created two foundations, to fund Athens' public games, festivals and competitions if no citizen proved wealthy or willing enough to sponsor them as a Gymnasiarch or Agonothetes.Verhoogen Violette. Review of Graindor (Paul). Athènes sous Hadrien, Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire, 1935, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 926–931. Available at weblink. Retrieved 20 June 2015 Generally Hadrian preferred that Greek notables, including priests of the Imperial cult, focus on more durable provisions, such as aqueducts and public fountains (nymphaea).Mark Golden, Greek Sport and Social Status, University of Texas Press, 2009, {{ISBN|978-0-292-71869-2}}, p. 88 Athens was given two such fountains; another was given to Argos.Cynthia Kosso, Anne Scott, eds., The Nature and Function of Water, Baths, Bathing, and Hygiene from Antiquity Through the Renaissance. Leiden: Brill, 2009, {{ISBN|978-90-04-17357-6}}, pp. 216fDuring the winter he toured the Peloponnese. His exact route is uncertain, but it took in Epidaurus; Pausanias describes temples built there by Hadrian, and his statue â€“ in heroic nudity â€“ erected by its citizensAlexia Petsalis-Diomidis, Truly Beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the Cult of Asklepios. OUP : 2010, {{ISBN|978-0-19-956190-2}}, p. 171 in thanks to their "restorer". Antinous and Hadrian may have already been lovers at this time; Hadrian showed particular generosity to Mantinea, which shared ancient, mythic, politically useful links with Antinous' home at Bithynia. He restored Mantinea's Temple of Poseidon Hippios,Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 177–80David S. Potter,The Roman Empire at Bay, AD 180–395. London: Routledge, 2014, {{ISBN|978-0-415-84054-5}}, p. 44 and according to Pausanias, restored the city's original, classical name. It had been renamed Antigoneia since Hellenistic times, after the Macedonian King Antigonus III Doson. Hadrian also rebuilt the ancient shrines of Abae and Megara, and the Heraion of Argos.Boatwright, p. 134K. W. Arafat, Pausanias' Greece: Ancient Artists and Roman Rulers. Cambridge U. Press, 2004, {{ISBN|0-521-55340-7}}, pp. 162, 185During his tour of the Peloponnese, Hadrian persuaded the Spartan grandee Eurycles Herculanus â€“ leader of the Euryclid family that had ruled Sparta since Augustus' day â€“ to enter the Senate, alongside the Athenian grandee Herodes Atticus the Elder. The two aristocrats would be the first from "Old Greece" to enter the Roman Senate, as representatives of the two "great powers" of the Classical Age.Birley, "Hadrian and Greek Senators", Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 116 (1997), pp. 209–245. Retrieved 23 July 2015 This was an important step in overcoming Greek notables' reluctance to take part in Roman political life.Christol & Nony, p. 203 In March 125, Hadrian presided at the Athenian festival of Dionysia, wearing Athenian dress. The Temple of Olympian Zeus had been under construction for more than five centuries; Hadrian committed the vast resources at his command to ensure that the job would be finished. He also organised the planning and construction of a particularly challenging and ambitious aqueduct to bring water to the Athenian Agora.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 182–4

    Return to Italy and trip to Africa (126–128)

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    Roman portraiture>portrait bust of the emperor Hadrian with a wreath of oak leaves (AD 117–138); pentelic marble, found in Athens, National Archaeological Museum, Athens|image2=Emperor Hadrian Louvre Ma3131.jpggorgoneion on his breastplate; Roman sculpture>marble, Roman artwork, c. 127–128 AD, from Heraklion, Crete, now in the Louvre, Paris}}On his return to Italy, Hadrian made a detour to Sicily. Coins celebrate him as the restorer of the island.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 191–200 Back in Rome, he saw the rebuilt Pantheon, and his completed villa at nearby Tibur, among the Sabine Hills. In early March 127 Hadrian set off on a tour of Italy; his route has been reconstructed through the evidence of his gifts and donations. He restored the shrine of Cupra in Cupra Maritima, and improved the drainage of the Fucine lake. Less welcome than such largesse was his decision in 127 to divide Italy into four regions under imperial legates with consular rank, acting as governors. They were given jurisdiction over all of Italy, excluding Rome itself, therefore shifting Italian cases from the courts of Rome.J. Declareuil, Rome the Law-Giver, London: Routledge, 2013, {{ISBN|0-415-15613-0}}, p. 72 Having Italy effectively reduced to the status of a group of mere provinces did not go down well with the Roman Senate,Clifford Ando, Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000, {{ISBN|978-0-520-22067-6}} and the innovation did not long outlive Hadrian's reign.Hadrian fell ill around this time; whatever the nature of his illness, it did not stop him from setting off in the spring of 128 to visit Africa. His arrival coincided with the good omen of rain, which ended a drought. Along with his usual role as benefactor and restorer, he found time to inspect the troops; his speech to them survives.Royston Lambert, pp. 71–2 Hadrian returned to Italy in the summer of 128 but his stay was brief, as he set off on another tour that would last three years.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 213–4

    Greece, Asia, and Egypt (128–130); Antinous's death

    In September 128, Hadrian attended the Eleusinian mysteries again. This time his visit to Greece seems to have concentrated on Athens and Sparta – the two ancient rivals for dominance of Greece. Hadrian had played with the idea of focusing his Greek revival around the Amphictyonic League based in Delphi, but by now he had decided on something far grander. His new Panhellenion was going to be a council that would bring Greek cities together. Having set in motion the preparations â€“ deciding whose claim to be a Greek city was genuine would take time â€“ Hadrian set off for Ephesus.Anthony Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 215–20 From Greece, Hadrian proceeded by way of Asia to Egypt, probably conveyed across the Aegean with his entourage by an Ephesian merchant, Lucius Erastus. Hadrian later sent a letter to the Council of Ephesus, supporting Erastus as a worthy candidate for town councillor and offering to pay the requisite fee.Boatwright, p. 81Hadrian arrived in Egypt before the Egyptian New Year on 29 August 130.THESIS, Foertmeyer, Victoria Anne, PhD, Tourism in Graeco-Roman Egypt, 1989, Princeton, 107–108, He opened his stay in Egypt by restoring Pompey the Great's tomb at Pelusium,Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 235 offering sacrifice to him as a hero and composing an epigraph for the tomb. As Pompey was universally acknowledged as responsible for establishing Rome's power in the east, this restoration was probably linked to a need to reaffirm Roman Eastern hegemony, following social unrest there during Trajan's late reign.Boatwright, p. 142 Hadrian and Antinous held a lion hunt in the Libyan desert; a poem on the subject by the Greek Pankrates is the earliest evidence that they travelled together.Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, p. 173While Hadrian and his entourage were sailing on the Nile, Antinous drowned. The exact circumstances surrounding his death are unknown, and accident, suicide, murder and religious sacrifice have all been postulated. Historia Augusta offers the following account:Hadrian founded the city of Antinopolis in Antinous' honour on 30 October 130. He then continued down the Nile to Thebes, where his visit to the Colossi of Memnon on 20 and 21 November was commemorated by four epigrams inscribed by Julia Balbilla, which still survive. After that, he headed north, reaching the Fayyum at the beginning of December.Foertmeyer, pp. 107–108

    Greece and the East (130–132)

    File:Arch of Hadrian, northwest side (towards the Acropolis), Athens (14038051163).jpg|thumb|Ruins of the Arch of Hadrian in Athens, Greece, near the Athenian AcropolisAthenian AcropolisHadrian's movements after his journey down the Nile are uncertain. Whether or not he returned to Rome, he travelled in the East during 130/131, to organise and inaugurate his new Panhellenion, which was to be focused on the Athenian Temple to Olympian Zeus. As local conflicts had led to the failure of the previous scheme for an Hellenic association centered on Delphi, Hadrian decided instead for a grand league of all Greek cities.Cortes Copete Juan Manuel. "El fracaso del primer proyecto panhelénico de Adriano".Dialogues d'histoire ancienne, vol. 25, n°2, 1999. pp. 91–112.Available at weblink. Retrieved 3 January 2019 Successful applications for membership involved mythologised or fabricated claims to Greek origins, and affirmations of loyalty to Imperial Rome, to satisfy Hadrian's personal, idealised notions of Hellenism.Boatwright, p. 150Anthony Kaldellis, Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical TraditionCambridge U. Press, 2008, {{ISBN|978-0-521-87688-9}}, p. 38 Hadrian saw himself as protector of Greek culture and the "liberties" of Greece â€“ in this case, urban self-government. It allowed Hadrian to appear as the fictive heir to Pericles, who supposedly had convened a previous Panhellenic Congress â€“ such a Congress is mentioned only in Pericles' biography by Plutarch, who respected Rome's Imperial order.Fernando A. Marín Valdés, Plutarco y el arte de la Atenas hegemónica. Universidad de Oviedo: 2008, {{ISBN|978-84-8317-659-7}}, p. 76Epigraphical evidence suggests that the prospect of applying to the Panhellenion held little attraction to the wealthier, Hellenised cities of Asia Minor, which were jealous of Athenian and European Greek preeminence within Hadrian's scheme.A. J. S. Spawforth, Greece and the Augustan Cultural Revolution. Cambridge University Press: 2011, {{ISBN|978-1-107-01211-0}}, p. 262 Hadrian's notion of Hellenism was narrow and deliberately archaising; he defined "Greekness" in terms of classical roots, rather than a broader, Hellenistic culture.Nathanael J. Andrade, Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World. Cambridge University Press, 2013, {{ISBN|978-1-107-01205-9}}, p. 176 Some cities with a dubious claim to Greekness, however – such as Side – were acknowledged as fully Hellenic.Domingo Plácido,ed. La construcción ideológica de la ciudadanía: identidades culturales y sociedad en el mundo griego antiguo. Madrid: Editorial Complutense, 2006, {{ISBN|84-7491-790-5}}, page 462 The German sociologist Georg Simmel remarked that the Panhellenion was based on "games, commemorations, preservation of an ideal, an entirely non-political Hellenism".Georg Simmel, Sociology: Inquiries into the Construction of Social Forms. Leiden: Brill, 2009, {{ISBN|978-90-04-17321-7}}, p. 288Hadrian bestowed honorific titles on many regional centres.Nathanael J. Andrade, Syrian Identity in the Greco-Roman World, Cambridge University Press, 2013, {{ISBN|978-1-107-01205-9}}, page 177 Palmyra received a state visit and was given the civic name Hadriana Palmyra.Andrew M. Smith II, Roman Palmyra: Identity, Community, and State Formation. Oxford University Press: 2013, {{ISBN|978-0-19-986110-1}}, page 25; Robert K. Sherk, The Roman Empire: Augustus to Hadrian. Cambridge University Press:1988, {{ISBN|0-521-33887-5}}, page 190 Hadrian also bestowed honours on various Palmyrene magnates, among them one Soados, who had done much to protect Palmyrene trade between the Roman Empire and Parthia.Hadrien Bru, Le pouvoir impérial dans les provinces syriennes: Représentations et célébrations d'Auguste à Constantin (31 av. J.-C.-337 ap. J.-C.). Leiden: Brill,2011, {{ISBN|978-90-04-20363-1}}, pages 104/105Hadrian had spent the winter of 131–32 in Athens, where he dedicated the now-completed Temple of Olympian Zeus,Laura Salah Nasrallah, Christian Responses to Roman Art and Architecture: The Second-Century Church Amid the Spaces of Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2010 {{ISBN|978-0-521-76652-4}}, page 96 At some time in 132, he headed East, to Judaea.

    Second Roman–Jewish War (132–136)

    (File:Hadrian visit to Judea.jpg|thumb|upright=1.15|Coinage minted to mark Hadrian's visit to Judea. Inscription: HADRIANVS AVG. CO[N]S. III, P. P. / ADVENTVI (arrival) AVG. IVDAEAE – S. C.){{multiple image|image1=Statue of Hadrian from Tel Shalem.jpg|width1=250px|caption1=Statue of Hadrian unearthed at Tel Shalem commemorating Roman military victory over Simon bar Kokhba, displayed at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem|image2=Statue of Hadrian in Caesarea.jpg|width2=175px
    Porphyry (geology)>Porphyry statue of Hadrian discovered in Caesarea, Israel}}In Roman Judaea Hadrian visited Jerusalem, which was still in ruins after the First Roman–Jewish War of 66–73. He may have planned to rebuild Jerusalem as a Roman colony â€“ as Vespasian had done with Caesarea Maritima â€“ with various honorific and fiscal privileges. The non-Roman population would have no obligation to participate in Roman religious rituals, but were expected to support the Roman imperial order; this is attested in Caesarea, where some Jews served in the Roman army during both the 66 and 132 rebellions.Giovanni Battista Bazzana, "The Bar Kokhba Revolt and Hadrian's religious policy", IN Marco Rizzi, ed., Hadrian and the Christians. Berlim: De Gruyter, 2010, {{ISBN|978-3-11-022470-2}}, pages 89/91 It has been speculated that Hadrian intended to assimilate the Jewish Temple to the traditional Roman civic-religious Imperial cult; such assimilations had long been commonplace practise in Greece and in other provinces, and on the whole, had been successful.Bazzana, 98Cf a project devised earlier by Hellenized Jewish intellectuals such as Philo: see Rizzi, Hadrian and the Christians, 4 The neighbouring Samaritans had already integrated their religious rites with Hellenistic ones.Emmanuel Friedheim, "Some notes about the Samaritans and the Rabbinic Class at Crossroads" IN Menachem Mor, Friedrich V. Reiterer, eds., Samaritans â€“ Past and Present: Current Studies. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2010, {{ISBN|978-3-11-019497-5}}, page 197 Strict Jewish monotheism proved more resistant to Imperial cajoling, and then to Imperial demands.Peter Schäfer, Der Bar Kokhba-Aufstand. Tübingen 1981, pages 29–50. A massive anti-Hellenistic and anti-Roman Jewish uprising broke out, led by Simon bar Kokhba. The Roman governor Tineius (Tynius) Rufus asked for an army to crush the resistance; bar Kokhba punished any Jew who refused to join his ranks.Chronicle of Jerome, s.v. Hadrian. See: weblink See also Yigael Yadin, Bar-Kokhba, Random House New York 1971, pp. 22, 258 According to Justin Martyr and Eusebius, that had to do mostly with Christian converts, who opposed bar Kokhba's messianic claims.Alexander Zephyr, Rabbi Akiva, Bar Kokhba Revolt, and the Ten Tribes of Israel. Bloomington: iUniverse, 2013, {{ISBN|978-1-4917-1256-6}}A tradition based on the Historia Augusta suggests that the revolt was spurred by Hadrian's abolition of circumcision (brit milah);BOOK, Schäfer, Peter, Peter Schäfer, Judeophobia: Attitudes Toward the Jews in the Ancient World,weblink Harvard University Press, 1998, 103–105, 978-0-674-04321-3, 1 February 2014, [...] Hadrian's ban on circumcision, allegedly imposed sometime between 128 and 132 CE [...]. The only proof for Hadrian's ban on circumcision is the short note in the Historia Augusta: 'At this time also the Jews began war, because they were forbidden to mutilate their genitals (quot vetabantur mutilare genitalia). [...] The historical credibility of this remark is controversial [...] The earliest evidence for circumcision in Roman legislation is an edict by Antoninus Pius (138–161 CE), Hadrian's successor [...] [I]t is not utterly impossible that Hadrian [...] indeed considered circumcision as a 'barbarous mutilation' and tried to prohihit it. [...] However, this proposal cannot be more than a conjecture, and, of course, it does not solve the questions of when Hadrian issued the decree (before or during/after the Bar Kokhba war) and whether it was directed solely against Jews or also against other peoples., June 2009, which as a Hellenist he viewed as mutilation.Mackay, Christopher. Ancient Rome a Military and Political History: 230 The scholar Peter Schäfer maintains that there is no evidence for this claim, given the notoriously problematical nature of the Historia Augusta as a source, the "tomfoolery" shown by the writer in the relevant passage, and the fact that contemporary Roman legislation on "genital mutilation" seems to address the general issue of castration of slaves by their masters.Peter Schäfer, The Bar Kokhba War Reconsidered: New Perspectives on the Second Jewish Revolt Against Rome Mohr Siebeck, 2003 p. 68Peter Schäfer, The History of the Jews in the Greco-Roman World: The Jews of Palestine from Alexander the Great to the Arab Conquest. Routledge:2003, p. 146Historia Augusta, Hadrian14.2 Other issues could have contributed to the outbreak; a heavy-handed, culturally insensitive Roman administration; tensions between the landless poor and incoming Roman colonists privileged with land-grants; and a strong undercurrent of messianism, predicated on Jeremiah's prophecy that the Temple would be rebuilt seventy years after its destruction, as the First Temple had been after the Babylonian exile.Shaye Cohen, From the Maccabees to the Mishnah, Third Edition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press,2014, {{ISBN|978-0-664-23904-6}}, pp. 25–26File:0 Monument honoraire d’Hadrien - L'empereur accueilli par la déesse Rome (2).JPG|thumb|Relief from an honorary monument of Hadrian (detail), showing the emperor being greeted by the goddess Roma and the Genii of the Senate and the Roman People; marble, Roman artwork, 2nd century AD, Capitoline MuseumsCapitoline MuseumsGiven the fragmentary nature of the existing evidence, it is impossible to ascertain an exact date for the beginning of the uprising, but it is probable that it began in-between summer and fall 132.Steven T. Katz, ed. The Cambridge History of Judaism: Volume 4, The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period. Cambridge University Press, 1984, {{ISBN|978-0-521-77248-8}}, pages 11/112 The Romans were overwhelmed by the organised ferocity of the uprising.Peter Schäfer, Der Bar Kokhba-Aufstand, Tübingen 1981, pp. 29–50 Hadrian called his general Sextus Julius Severus from Britain, and brought troops in from as far as the Danube. Roman losses were heavy; an entire legion or its numeric equivalent of around 4,000.Possibly the XXII Deiotariana, which according to epigraphy did not outlast Hadrian's reign; see account; however, Peter Schäfer, following Bowersock, finds no traces in the written sources of the purported annihilation of Legio XXII. A loss of such magnitude would have surely been mentioned (Der Bar Kokhba-Aufstand, 14). Hadrian's report on the war to the Roman Senate] omitted the customary salutation, "If you and your children are in health, it is well; I and the legions are in health."Cassius Dio 69, 14.3BOOK, Roman History, Many Romans, moreover, perished in this war. Therefore Hadrian in writing to the Senate did not employ the opening phrase commonly affected by the emperors[...], The rebellion was quashed by 135. According to Cassius Dio, Roman war operations in Judea left some 580,000 Jews dead, and 50 fortified towns and 985 villages razed.Dio's Roman History (trans. Earnest Cary), vol. 8 (books 61–70), Loeb Classical Library: London 1925, pp. 449–451 An unknown proportion of the population was enslaved. Beitar, a fortified city {{convert|10|km|mi}} southwest of Jerusalem, fell after a three and a half year siege. The extent of punitive measures against the Jewish population remains a matter of debate.Daniel R. Schwartz, Zeev Weiss, eds., Was 70 CE a Watershed in Jewish History?: On Jews and Judaism before and after the Destruction of the Second Temple. Leiden: Brill, 2011, {{ISBN|978-90-04-21534-4}}, page 529, footnote 42Hadrian erased the province's name from the Roman map, renaming it Syria Palaestina. He renamed Jerusalem Aelia Capitolina after himself and Jupiter Capitolinus, and had it rebuilt in Greek style. According to Epiphanius, Hadrian appointed Aquila from Sinope in Pontus as "overseer of the work of building the city", since he was related to him by marriage.Epiphanius, Treatise on Weights and Measures – Syriac Version (ed. James Elmer Dean), University of Chicago Press, c1935, p. 30 Hadrian is said to have placed the city's main Forum at the junction of the main Cardo and Decumanus Maximus, now the location for the (smaller) Muristan. After the suppression of the Jewish revolt, Hadrian provided the Samaritans with a temple, dedicated to Zeus Hypsistos ("Highest Zeus")Ken Dowden, Zeus. Abingdon: Routledge, 2006, {{ISBN|0-415-30502-0}}, page 58. on Mount Gerizim.Anna Collar, Religious Networks in the Roman Empire. Cambridge University Press: 2013, {{ISBN|978-1-107-04344-2}}, pp. 248–249 The bloody repression of the revolt ended Jewish political independence from the Roman Imperial order.Geza Vermes, Who's Who in the Age of Jesus, Penguin: 2006, no ISBN given, entry "Hadrian"Inscriptions make it clear that in 133 Hadrian took to the field with his armies against the rebels. He then returned to Rome, probably in that year and almost certainly â€“ judging from inscriptions â€“ via Illyricum.Ronald Syme, "Journeys of Hadrian" (1988), pp. 164–9

    Final years

    File:Mars Venus Louvre Ma1009.jpg|thumb|Imperial group as Mars and Venus; the male figure is a portrait of Hadrian, the female figure was perhaps reworked into a portrait of Annia Lucilla; marble, Roman artwork, c. 120–140 AD, reworked c. 170–175 AD.]]Hadrian spent the final years of his life at Rome. In 134, he took an Imperial salutation for the end of the Second Jewish War (which was not actually concluded until the following year). Commemorations and achievement awards were kept to a minimum, as Hadrian came to see the war "as a cruel and sudden disappointment to his aspirations" towards a cosmopolitan empire.Ronald Syme, "Journeys Of Hadrian". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 73 (1988) 159–170. Available at weblink. Retrieved 20 January 2017.The Empress Sabina died, probably in 136, after an unhappy marriage with which Hadrian had coped as a political necessity. The Historia Augusta biography states that Hadrian himself declared that his wife's "ill-temper and irritability" would be reason enough for a divorce, were he a private citizen.Historia Augusta, Life of Hadrian, 10.3 That gave credence, after Sabina's death, to the common belief that Hadrian had her poisoned.Historia Augusta, Life of Hadrian, 23.9 In keeping with well-established Imperial propriety, Sabina – who had been made an Augusta sometime around 128Anne Kolb, Augustae. Machtbewusste Frauen am römischen Kaiserhof?: Herrschaftsstrukturen und Herrschaftspraxis II. Akten der Tagung in Zürich 18.-20. 9. 2008. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2010, {{ISBN|978-3-05-004898-7}}, pages 26/27 – was deified not long after her death.Olivier Hekster, Emperors and Ancestors: Roman Rulers and the Constraints of Tradition. Oxford U. Press: 2015, {{ISBN|978-0-19-873682-0}}, pages 140/142

    Arranging the succession

    {{multiple image|direction=vertical|image1=Bronze head of Hadrian found in the River Thames in London.jpg|width1=200px|caption1=Bronze head of Hadrian found in the River Thames in London. Now in the British Museum.|image2=Bronze Hadrien Louvre Br4547.jpg|width2=200px|caption2=Posthumous portrait of Hadrian; bronze, Roman artwork, c. 140 AD, perhaps from Roman Egypt, Louvre, Paris}}Hadrian's marriage to Sabina had been childless. Suffering from poor health, Hadrian turned to the problem of the succession. In 136 he adopted one of the ordinary consuls of that year, Lucius Ceionius Commodus, who as an emperor-in waiting took the name Lucius Aelius Caesar. He was the son-in-law of Gaius Avidius Nigrinus, one of the "four consulars" executed in 118, but was himself in delicate health, apparently with a reputation more "of a voluptuous, well educated great lord than that of a leader".Merlin Alfred. Passion et politique chez les Césars (review of Jérôme Carcopino, Passion et politique chez les Césars). In: Journal des savants. Jan.-Mar. 1958. pp. 5–18. Available at weblink. Retrieved 12 June 2015. Various modern attempts have been made to explain Hadrian's choice: Jerome Carcopino proposes that Aelius was Hadrian's natural son.Albino Garzetti, From Tiberius to the Antonines : A History of the Roman Empire AD 14–192. London: Routledge, 2014, p. 699 It has also been speculated that his adoption was Hadrian's belated attempt to reconcile with one of the most important of the four senatorial families whose leading members had been executed soon after Hadrian's succession. Aelius acquitted himself honourably as joint governor of Pannonia Superior and Pannonia Inferior;András Mócsy, Pannonia and Upper Moesia (Routledge Revivals): A History of the Middle Danube Provinces of the Roman Empire. London: Routledge, 2014, {{ISBN|978-0-415-74582-6}}, p. 102 he held a further consulship in 137, but died on 1 January 138.Anthony Birley, pp. 289–292.Hadrian next adopted Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Arrius Antoninus (the future emperor Antoninus Pius), who had served Hadrian as one of the five imperial legates of Italy, and as proconsul of Asia. In the interests of dynastic stability, Hadrian required that Antoninus adopt both Lucius Ceionius Commodus (son of the deceased Aelius Caesar) and Marcus Annius Verus (grandson of an influential senator of the same name who had been Hadrian's close friend); Annius was already betrothed to Aelius Caesar's daughter Ceionia Fabia.The adoptions: Anthony Birley, pp. 294–5; T.D. Barnes, 'Hadrian and Lucius Verus', Journal of Roman Studies (1967), Ronald Syme, Tacitus, p. 601. Antoninus as a legate of Italy: Anthony Birley, p. 199Annius Verus was alsothe step-grandson of the Prefect of Rome, Lucius Catilius Severus, one of the remnants of the all-powerful group of Spanish senators from Trajan's reign. Hadrian would likely have shown some favor to the grandson in order to count on the grandfather's support; for an account of the various familial and marital alliances involved, see Des Boscs-Plateaux, pp. 241, 311, 477, 577; see also Frank McLynn,Marcus Aurelius: A Life. New York: Da Capo, 2010, {{ISBN|978-0-306-81916-2}}, p. 84 It may not have been Hadrian, but rather Antoninus Pius â€“ Annius Verus's uncle â€“ who supported Annius Verus' advancement; the latter's divorce of Ceionia Fabia and subsequent marriage to Antoninus' daughter Annia Faustina points in the same direction. When he eventually became Emperor, Marcus Aurelius would co-opt Ceionius Commodus as his co-Emperor, under the name of Lucius Verus, on his own initiative.Hadrian's last few years were marked by conflict and unhappiness. His adoption of Aelius Caesar proved unpopular, not least with Hadrian's brother-in-law Lucius Julius Ursus Servianus and Servianus's grandson Gnaeus Pedanius Fuscus Salinator. Servianus, though now far too old, had stood in the line of succession at the beginning of Hadrian's reign; Fuscus is said to have had designs on the imperial power for himself. In 137 he may have attempted a coup in which his grandfather was implicated; Hadrian ordered that both be put to death.Anthony Birley, pp. 291–2 Servianus is reported to have prayed before his execution that Hadrian would "long for death but be unable to die".Dio 69.17.2{{Dead link|date=December 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }} During his final, protracted illness, Hadrian was prevented from suicide on several occasions.Anthony Birley, p. 297


    Hadrian died in the year 138 on 10 July, in his villa at Baiae at the age of 62.Anthony Birley, p. 300 Dio Cassius and the Historia Augusta record details of his failing health. He had reigned for 21 years, the longest since Tiberius, and the fourth longest in the Principate, after Augustus, Hadrian's successor Antoninus Pius, and Tiberius.He was buried first at Puteoli, near Baiae, on an estate that had once belonged to Cicero. Soon after, his remains were transferred to Rome and buried in the Gardens of Domitia, close by the almost-complete mausoleum. Upon completion of the Tomb of Hadrian in Rome in 139 by his successor Antoninus Pius, his body was cremated, and his ashes were placed there together with those of his wife Vibia Sabina and his first adopted son, Lucius Aelius, who also died in 138. The Senate had been reluctant to grant Hadrian divine honours; but Antoninus persuaded them by threatening to refuse the position of Emperor.Salmon, 816Dio 70.1.1 Hadrian was given a temple on the Campus Martius, ornamented with reliefs representing the provinces.Samuel Ball Platner, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome. Cambridge University Press: 2015, {{ISBN|978-1-108-08324-9}}, p. 250 The Senate awarded Antoninus the title of "Pius", in recognition of his filial piety in pressing for the deification of his adoptive father. At the same time, perhaps in reflection of the senate's ill will towards Hadrian, commemorative coinage honouring his consecration was kept to a minimum.Christian Bechtold, Gott und Gestirn als Präsenzformen des toten Kaisers: Apotheose und Katasterismos in der politischen Kommunikation der römischen Kaiserzeit und ihre Anknüpfungspunkte im Hellenismus.V&R unipress GmbH: 2011, {{ISBN|978-3-89971-685-6}}, p. 259

    Military activities

    File:Bust of Emperor Hadrian. Roman 117-138 CE. Probably From Rome, Italy. Formerly in the Townley Collection. Now housed in the British Museum, London.jpg|thumb|Bust of the Emperor Hadrian. Roman, 117–138 CE. Probably from Rome, Italy. Formerly in the Townley Collection. Now housed in the British Museum, London]]Most of Hadrian's military activities were consistent with his ideology of Empire as a community of mutual interest and support. He focused on protection from external and internal threats; on "raising up" existing provinces, rather than the aggressive acquisition of wealth and territory through subjugation of "foreign" peoples that had characterised the early Empire.Clifford Ando, Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000, {{ISBN|0-520-22067-6}}, p. 330 Hadrian's policy shift was part of a trend towards the slowing down of the empire's expansion, such expansion being not closed after him (the Empire greatest extent being achieved only during the Severan dynasty), but a significant step in this direction, given the empire's overstretching.Patrick Le Roux, "Le Haut Empire Romain en Occident, d'Auguste aux Sévères''. Paris: Seuil, 1998, {{ISBN|2-02-025932-X}}, p.56 While the empire as a whole benefited from this, military careerists resented the loss of opportunities.File:Statua di Adriano, Antalya, Turchia.jpg|thumb|Statue of Hadrian in military garb, wearing the civic crown and muscle cuirass, from AntalyaAntalyaThe 4th-century historian Aurelius Victor saw Hadrian's withdrawal from Trajan's territorial gains in Mesopotamia as a jealous belittlement of Trajan's achievements (Traiani gloriae invidens).W. Den Boer, Some Minor Roman Historians, Leiden: Brill, 1972, {{ISBN|90-04-03545-1}}, p. 41 More likely, an expansionist policy was no longer sustainable; the Empire had lost two legions, the Legio XXII Deiotariana and the "lost legion" IX Hispania, possibly destroyed in a late Trajanic uprising by the Brigantes in Britain.Yann Le Bohec, The Imperial Roman Army. London: Routledge, 2013, {{ISBN|0-415-22295-8}}, p. 55 Trajan himself may have thought his gains in Mesopotamia indefensible, and abandoned them shortly before his death.Albino Garzetti, From Tiberius to the Antonines (Routledge Revivals): A History of the Roman Empire AD 14-192. London: Routledge, 2014, {{ISBN|978-1-138-01920-1}}, p. 381 Hadrian granted parts of Dacia to the Roxolani Sarmatians; their king Rasparaganus received Roman citizenship, client king status, and possibly an increased subsidy.This partial withdrawal was probably supervised by the governor of Moesia Quintus Pompeius Falco; see Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 84 & 86. Hadrian's presence on the Dacian front at this time is mere conjecture, but Dacia was included in his coin series with allegories of the provinces.Eutropius' notion that Hadrian contemplated withdrawing from Dacia altogether appears to be unfounded; see Jocelyn M. C. Toynbee, The Hadrianic School: A Chapter in the History of Greek Art. CUP Archive, 1934, 79 A controlled, partial withdrawal of troops from the Dacian plains would have been less costly than maintaining several Roman cavalry units and a supporting network of fortifications.Julian Bennett, Trajan-Optimus Priceps. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001, {{ISBN|0-253-21435-1}}, p. 165Hadrian retained control over Osroene through the client king Parthamaspates, who had once served as Trajan's client king of Parthia;Opper, Empire and Conflict, p. 67 and around 121, Hadrian negotiated a peace treaty with the now-independent Parthia. Late in his reign (135), the Alani attacked Roman Cappadocia with the covert support of Pharasmanes, king of Caucasian Iberia. The attack was repulsed by Hadrian's governor, the historian Arrian,N. J. E. Austin & N. B. Rankov, Exploratio: Military & Political Intelligence in the Roman World from the Second Punic War to the Battle of Adrianople. London: Routledge, 2002, p. 4 who subsequently installed a Roman "adviser" in Iberia.Austin & Rankov, p. 30 Arrian kept Hadrian well-informed on matters related to the Black Sea and the Caucasus. Between 131 and 132 he sent Hadrian a lengthy letter (Periplus of the Euxine) on a maritime trip around the Black Sea, intended to offer relevant information in case a Roman intervention was needed.Fergus Millar, Rome, the Greek World, and the East: Volume 2: Government, Society, and Culture in the Roman Empire. The University of North Carolina Press, 2005, {{ISBN|0-8078-2852-1}}, p. 183Hadrian also developed permanent fortifications and military posts along the empire's borders (limites, sl. limes) to support his policy of stability, peace and preparedness. This helped keep the military usefully occupied in times of peace; his Wall across Britania was built by ordinary troops. A series of mostly wooden fortifications, forts, outposts and watchtowers strengthened the Danube and Rhine borders. Troops practised intensive, regular drill routines. Although his coins showed military images almost as often as peaceful ones, Hadrian's policy was peace through strength, even threat,Elizabeth Speller, p. 69 with an emphasis on disciplina (discipline), which was the subject of two monetary series. Cassius Dio praised Hadrian's emphasis on "spit and polish" as cause for the generally peaceful character of his reign.Opper, p. 85 Fronto expressed other opinions on the subject. In his view, Hadrian preferred war games to actual war, and enjoyed "giving eloquent speeches to the armies" â€“ like the inscribed series of addresses he made while on an inspection tour, during 128, at the new headquarters of Legio III Augusta in LambaesisBirley, Restless Emperor, pp. 209–212Faced with a shortage of legionary recruits from Italy and other Romanised provinces, Hadrian systematised the use of less costly numeri â€“ ethnic non-citizen troops with special weapons, such as Eastern mounted archers â€“ in low-intensity, mobile defensive tasks such as dealing with border infiltrators and skirmishers.Luttvak, Edward N. The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire: From the First Century A.D. to the Third, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979, {{ISBN|0-8018-2158-4}}, p. 123Christol & Nony, p. 180 Hadrian is also credited with introducing units of heavy cavalry (cataphracts) into the Roman army.BOOK,weblink The History of Central Asia: The Age of the Steppe Warriors– Google Knihy, 11 December 2012, 3 September 2016, 978-1-78076-060-5, Baumer, Christoph, Fronto later blamed Hadrian for declining standards in the Roman army of his own time.Fronto: Selected Letters. Edited by Caillan Davenport & Jenifer Manley, London: AC & Black, 2014, {{ISBN|978-1-78093-442-6}}, pp. 184f

    Legal and social reforms

    Hadrian enacted, through the jurist Salvius Julianus, the first attempt to codify Roman law. This was the Perpetual Edict, according to which the legal actions of praetors became fixed statutes, and as such could no longer be subjected to personal interpretation or change by any magistrate other than the Emperor.Laura Jansen, The Roman Paratext: Frame, Texts, Readers, Cambridge University Press, 2014, {{ISBN|978-1-107-02436-6}} p. 66Kathleen Kuiper (Editor), Ancient Rome: From Romulus and Remus to the Visigoth Invasion, New York: Britannica Educational Publishing, 2010, {{ISBN|978-1-61530-207-9}} p. 133 At the same time, following a procedure initiated by Domitian, Hadrian made the Emperor's legal advisory board, the consilia principis ("council of the princeps") into a permanent body, staffed by salaried legal aides.A. Arthur Schiller, Roman Law: Mechanisms of Development, Walter de Gruyter: 1978, {{ISBN|90-279-7744-5}} p. 471 Its members were mostly drawn from the equestrian class, replacing the earlier freedmen of the Imperial household.Salmon, 812R.V. Nind Hopkins, Life of Alexander Severus, CUP Archive, p. 110 This innovation marked the superseding of surviving Republican institutions by an openly autocratic political system.Adolf Berger, Encyclopedic Dictionary of Roman Law, Volume 43, Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1968, {{ISBN|0-87169-435-2}} p. 650 The reformed bureaucracy was supposed to exercise administrative functions independently of traditional magistracies; objectively it did not detract from the Senate's position. The new civil servants were free men and as such supposed to act on behalf of the interests of the "Crown", not of the Emperor as an individual. However, the Senate never accepted the loss of its prestige caused by the emergence of a new aristocracy alongside it, placing more strain on the already troubled relationship between the Senate and the Emperor.Salmon, 813Hadrian codified the customary legal privileges of the wealthiest, most influential or highest status citizens (described as splendidiores personae or honestiores), who held a traditional right to pay fines when found guilty of relatively minor, non-treasonous offences. Low ranking persons – alii ("the others"), including low-ranking citizens – were humiliores who for the same offences could be subject to extreme physical punishments, including forced labour in the mines or in public works, as a form of fixed-term servitude. While Republican citizenship had carried at least notional equality under law, and the right to justice, offences in Imperial courts were judged and punished according to the relative prestige, rank, reputation and moral worth of both parties; senatorial courts were apt to be lenient when trying one of their peers, and to deal very harshly with offences committed against one of their number by low ranking citizens or non-citizens. For treason (maiestas) beheading was the worst punishment that the law could inflict on honestiores; the humiliores might suffer crucifixion, burning, or condemnation to the beasts in the arena.Garnsey, Peter, "Legal Privilege in the Roman Empire", Past & Present, No. 41 (Dec. 1968), pp. 9, 13 (note 35), 16, published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Past and Present Society, Stable URL:weblink (accessed: 3 December 2017 21:20 UTC)A great number of Roman citizens maintained a precarious social and economic advantage at the lower end of the hierarchy. Hadrian found it necessary to clarify that decurions, the usually middle-class, elected local officials responsible for running the ordinary, everyday official business of the provinces, counted as honestiores; so did soldiers, veterans and their families, as far as civil law was concerned; by implication, all others, including freedmen and slaves, counted as humiliores. Like most Romans, Hadrian seems to have accepted slavery as morally correct, an expression of the same natural order that rewarded "the best men" with wealth, power and respect. When confronted by a crowd demanding the freeing of a popular slave charioteer, Hadrian replied that he could not free a slave belonging to another person.Westermann, 109 However, he limited the punishments that slaves could suffer; they could be lawfully tortured to provide evidence, but they could not be lawfully killed unless guilty of a capital offence.Marcel Morabito, Les Réalités de l'esclavage d'après Le Digeste. Paris: Presses Univ. Franche-C omté, 1981, {{ISBN|978-2-251-60254-7}}, p. 230 Masters were also forbidden to sell slaves to a gladiator trainer (lanista) or to a procurer, except as legally justified punishment.Donald G. Kyle, Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome. London: Routledge, 2012, {{ISBN|0-415-09678-2}};William Linn Westermann, The Slave Systems of Greek and Roman Antiquity. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1955, p. 115 Hadrian also forbade torture of free defendants and witnesses.Digest 48.18.21; quoted by Q.F. Robinson, Penal Practice and Penal Policy in Ancient Rome. Abingdon: Routledge, 2007{{ISBN|978-0-415-41651-1}}, p.107Judith Perkins, Roman Imperial Identities in the Early Christian Era. Abingdon: Routledge, 2009, {{ISBN|978-0-415-39744-5}} He abolished ergastula, private prisons for slaves in which kidnapped free men had sometimes been illegally detained.Christopher J. Fuhrmann, Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order. Oxford University Press, 2012, {{ISBN|978-0-19-973784-0}}, p. 102Hadrian issued a general rescript, imposing a ban on castration, performed on freedman or slave, voluntarily or not, on pain of death for both the performer and the patient.Digest,, quoted by Paul Du Plessis, Borkowski's Textbook on Roman Law. Oxford University Press, 2015, {{ISBN|978-0-19-957488-9}}, p. 95 Under the Lex Cornelia de Sicaris et Veneficis, castration was placed on a par with conspiracy to murder, and punished accordingly.Peter Schäfer, Judeophobia, 104. Notwithstanding his philhellenism, Hadrian was also a traditionalist. He enforced dress-standards among the honestiores; senators and knights were expected to wear the toga when in public. He imposed strict separation between the sexes in theatres and public baths; to discourage idleness, the latter were not allowed to open until 2.00 in the afternoon, "except for medical reasons".Garzetti, p. 411

    Religious activities

    File:Statue of Hadrian as Pontifex Maximus, 117-138 AD, from Rome, Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline Museums (13100265983).jpg|thumb|Statue of Hadrian as pontifex maximus, dated 130–140 AD, from Rome, Palazzo Nuovo, Capitoline MuseumsCapitoline MuseumsOne of Hadrian's immediate duties on accession was to seek senatorial consent for the apotheosis of his predecessor, Trajan, and any members of Trajan's family to whom he owed a debt of gratitude. Matidia Augusta, Hadrian's mother-in-law, died in December 119, and was duly deified.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 107 Hadrian may have stopped at Nemausus during his return from Britannia, to oversee the completion or foundation of a basilica dedicated to his patroness Plotina. She had recently died in Rome and had been deified at Hadrian's request.As Emperor, Hadrian was also Rome's pontifex maximus, responsible for all religious affairs and the proper functioning of official religious institutions throughout the empire. His Hispano-Roman origins and marked pro-Hellenism shifted the focus of the official imperial cult, from Rome to the Provinces. While his standard coin issues still identified him with the traditional genius populi Romani, other issues stressed his personal identification with Hercules Gaditanus (Hercules of Gades), and Rome's imperial protection of Greek civilisation.Gradel, Ittai, Emperor Worship and Roman Religion, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002. {{ISBN|0-19-815275-2}}, pp. 194–5. He promoted Sagalassos in Greek Pisidia as the Empire's leading Imperial cult centre; his exclusively Greek Panhellenion extolled Athens as the spiritual centre of Greek culture.Howgego, in Howgego, C., Heuchert, V., Burnett, A., (eds), Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces, Oxford University Press, 2005. {{ISBN|978-0-19-926526-8}}, pp. 6, 10.Hadrian added several Imperial cult centres to the existing roster, particularly in Greece, where traditional intercity rivalries were commonplace. Cities promoted as Imperial cult centres drew Imperial sponsorship of festivals and sacred games, attracted tourism, trade and private investment. Local worthies and sponsors were encouraged to seek self-publicity as cult officials under the aegis of Roman rule, and to foster reverence for Imperial authority.Boatwright, p. 136 Hadrian's rebuilding of long-established religious centres would have further underlined his respect for the glories of classical Greece â€“ something well in line with contemporary antiquarian tastes.K. W. Arafat, Pausanias' Greece: Ancient Artists and Roman Rulers. Cambridge U. Press, 2004, {{ISBN|0-521-55340-7}}, p. 162 During Hadrian's third and last trip to the Greek East, there seems to have been an upwelling of religious fervour, focused on Hadrian himself. He was given personal cult as a deity, monuments and civic homage, according to the religious syncretism at the time.Marcel Le Glay. "Hadrien et l'Asklépieion de Pergame". In: Bulletin de correspondance hellénique. Volume 100, livraison 1, 1976. pp. 347–372. Available at weblink. Retrieved 24 July 2015. He may have had the great Serapeum of Alexandria rebuilt, following damage sustained in 116, during the Kitos War.WEB,weblink Alan Rowe and B. R. Rees, 1956, Manchester, A Contribution To The Archaeology of The Western Desert: IV – The Great Serapeum Of Alexandria, In 136, just two years before his death, Hadrian dedicated his Temple of Venus and Roma. It was built on land he had set aside for the purpose in 121, formerly the site of Nero's Golden House. The temple was the largest in Rome, and was built in an Hellenising style, more Greek than Roman. The temple's dedication and statuary associated the worship of the traditional Roman goddess Venus, divine ancestress and protector of the Roman people, with the worship of the goddess Roma – herself a Greek invention, hitherto worshiped only in the provinces – to emphasise the universal nature of the empire.Mellor, R., "The Goddess Roma" in Haase, W., Temporini, H., (eds), Aufstieg und Niedergang der romischen Welt, de Gruyter, 1991, {{ISBN|3-11-010389-3}}, pp. 960–964


    (File:Hadrian and Antinous bust British Museum.jpg|thumb|left|Hadrian and Antinous – busts in the British Museum)Hadrian had Antinous deified as Osiris-Antinous by an Egyptian priest at the ancient Temple of Ramesses II, very near the place of his death. Hadrian dedicated a new temple-city complex there, built in a Graeco-Roman style, and named it Antinopolis.Cassius Dio, LIX.11; Historia Augusta, Hadrian It was a proper Greek polis; it was granted an Imperially subsidised alimentary scheme similar to Trajan's alimenta,Tim Cornell, Dr Kathryn Lomas, eds., Bread and Circuses: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy. London: Routledge, 2003, {{ISBN|0-415-14689-5}}, p. 97 and its citizens were allowed intermarriage with members of the native population, without loss of citizen-status. Hadrian thus identified an existing native cult (to Osiris) with Roman rule.Carl F. Petry, ed. The Cambridge History of Egypt, Volume 1. Cambridge University Press, 2008, {{ISBN|978-0-521-47137-4}}, p. 15 The cult of Antinous was to become very popular in the Greek-speaking world, and also found support in the West. In Hadrian's villa, statues of the Tyrannicides, with a bearded Aristogeiton and a clean-shaven Harmodios, linked his favourite to the classical tradition of Greek love.Elsner, pp. 176f In the west, Antinous was identified with the Celtic sun-god Belenos.Williams, p. 61Hadrian was criticised for the open intensity of his grief at Antinous's death, particularly as he had delayed the apotheosis of his own sister Paulina after her death.Hadrian's "Hellenic" emotionalism finds a culturally sympathetic echo in the Homeric Achilles' mourning for his friend Patroclus: see discussion in Vout, Caroline, Power and eroticism in Imperial Rome, illustrated, Cambridge University Press, 2007. {{ISBN|0-521-86739-8}}, pp. 52–135. Nevertheless, his recreation of the deceased youth as a cult-figure found little opposition.Craig A. Williams, Roman Homosexuality : Ideologies of Masculinity in Classical Antiquity. Oxford University Press: 1999, {{ISBN|978-0-19-511300-6}}, pp. 60f Though not a subject of the state-sponsored, official Roman imperial cult, Antinous offered a common focus for the emperor and his subjects, emphasising their sense of community.Marco Rizzi, p. 12 Medals were struck with his effigy, and statues erected to him in all parts of the empire, in all kinds of garb, including Egyptian dress.Jás Elsner, Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph, Oxford History of Art, Oxford U.P., 1998, {{ISBN|0-19-284201-3}}, p. 183f. Temples were built for his worship in Bithynia and Mantineia in Arcadia. In Athens, festivals were celebrated in his honour and oracles delivered in his name. As an "international" cult figure, Antinous had an enduring fame, far outlasting Hadrian's reign.see Trevor W. Thompson "Antinoos, The New God: Origen on Miracle and Belief in Third Century Egypt" for the persistence of Antinous's cult and Christian reactions to it. Freely available. The relationship of P. Oxy. 63.4352 with Diocletian's accession is not entirely clear. Local coins with his effigy were still being struck during Caracalla's reign, and he was invoked in a poem to celebrate the accession of Diocletian.Caroline Vout, Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome. Cambridge University Press; 2007, p. 89


    Hadrian continued Trajan's policy on Christians; they should not be sought out, and should only be prosecuted for specific offences, such as refusal to swear oaths.Birley, Restless Emperor, pp. 127 and 183. In a rescript addressed to the proconsul of Asia, Minutius Fundanus, and preserved by Justin Martyr, Hadrian laid down that accusers of Christians had to bear the burden of proof for their denunciationsAlessandro Galimberti, "Hadrian, Eleusis, and the beginnings of Christian apologetics" in Marco Rizzi, ed., Hadrian and the Christians. Berlim: De Gruyter, 2010, {{ISBN|978-3-11-022470-2}}, pp. 77f or be punished for calumnia (defamation).Robert M. Haddad, The Case for Christianity: St. Justin Martyr's Arguments for Religious Liberty and Judicial Justice. Plymouth: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010, {{ISBN|978-1-58979-575-4}}, p. 16

    Personal and cultural interests

    File:Aureus à l'effigie d'Hadrien.jpg|thumb|Hadrian on the obverse of an aureus (123). The reverse bears a personification of Aequitas Augusti or (Moneta#Juno Moneta|Juno Moneta]]. Inscription: IMP. CAESAR TRAIAN. HADRIANVS AVG. / P. M., TR. P., CO[N]S. III.)Hadrian had an abiding and enthusiastic interest in art, architecture and public works. Rome's Pantheon (temple "to all the gods"), originally built by Agrippa and destroyed by fire in 80, was partly restored under Trajan and completed under Hadrian in the domed form it retains to this day. Hadrian's Villa at Tibur (Tivoli) provides the greatest Roman equivalent of an Alexandrian garden, complete with domed Serapeum, recreating a sacred landscape.It was lost in large part to despoliation by the Cardinal d'Este, who had much of the marble removed to build the Villa d'Este in the 16th century. An anecdote from Cassius Dio's history suggests Hadrian had a high opinion of his own architectural tastes and talents, and took their rejection as a personal offence: at some time before his reign, his predecessor Trajan was discussing an architectural problem with Apollodorus of Damascus – architect and designer of Trajan's Forum, the Column commemorating his Dacian conquest, and his bridge across the Danube – when Hadrian interrupted to offer his advice. Apollodorus gave him a scathing response: "Be off, and draw your gourds [a sarcastic reference to the domes which Hadrian apparently liked to draw]. You don't understand any of these matters". Dio claims that once Hadrian became emperor, he showed Apollodorus drawings of the gigantic Temple of Venus and Roma, implying that great buildings could be created without his help. When Apollodorus pointed out the building's various insoluble problems and faults, Hadrian was enraged, sent him into exile and later put him to death on trumped up charges.Brickstamps with consular dates show that the Pantheon's dome was late in Trajan's reign (115), probably under Apollodorus's supervision: see Ilan Vit-Suzan, Architectural Heritage Revisited: A Holistic Engagement of its Tangible and Intangible Constituents , Farnham: Ashgate, 2014, {{ISBN|978-1-4724-2062-6}}, p. 20Cassius Dio, "Roman History", 69.4, Loeb Classical Library edition, 1925 weblink{{Dead link|date=December 2018 |bot=InternetArchiveBot |fix-attempted=yes }}Hadrian wrote poetry in both Latin and Greek; one of the few surviving examples is a Latin poem he reportedly composed on his deathbed (see below). Some of his Greek productions found their way into the Palatine Anthology.Juan Gil & Sofía Torallas Tovar, Hadrianus. Barcelona: CSIC, 2010, {{ISBN|978-84-00-09193-4}}, p. 100Direct links to Hadrian's poems in the A.P. with W.R. Paton's translation at the Internet Archive VI 332,VII 674, IX 137,IX 387 He also wrote an autobiography, which Historia Augusta says was published under the name of Hadrian's freedman Phlegon of Tralles. It was not, apparently, a work of great length or revelation, but designed to scotch various rumours or explain Hadrian's most controversial actions.T. J. Cornell, ed., The Fragments of the Roman Historians. Oxford University Press: 2013, p. 591 It is possible that this autobiography had the form of a series of open letters to Antoninus Pius.Opper, Hadrian: Empire and Conflict, p. 26Hadrian was a passionate hunter from a young age.Historia Augusta, Hadrian 2.1. In northwest Asia, he founded and dedicated a city to commemorate a she-bear he killed.Fox, Robin The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian Basic Books. 2006 p. 574 It is documented that in Egypt he and his beloved Antinous killed a lion. In Rome, eight reliefs featuring Hadrian in different stages of hunting decorate a building that began as a monument celebrating a kill.Hadrian's philhellenism may have been one reason for his adoption, like Nero before him, of the beard as suited to Roman imperial dignity; Dio of Prusa had equated the growth of the beard with the Hellenic ethos.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 62 Hadrian's beard may also have served to conceal his natural facial blemishes.The Historia Augusta however claims that "he wore a full beard to cover up the natural blemishes on his face", H.A. 26.1 All emperors before him (except Nero) had been clean-shaven; emperors who came after him until Constantine the Great were bearded and this imperial fashion was revived again by Phocas at the beginning of the 7th century.WEB,weblink Byzantine first & last times,, 7 November 2012, WEB,weblink Barba – NumisWiki, The Collaborative Numismatics Project,, 7 November 2012, Hadrian was familiar with the rival philosophers Epictetus and Favorinus, and with their works. During his first stay in Greece, before he became emperor, he attended lectures by Epictetus at Nicopolis.Robin Lane Fox, The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. Philadelphia: Basic Books, 2006, {{ISBN|978-0-465-02497-1}}, p.{{nbsp}}578 Shortly before the death of Plotina, Hadrian had granted her wish that the leadership of the Epicurean School in Athens be open to a non-Roman candidate.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 108fDuring Hadrian's time as Tribune of the Plebs, omens and portents supposedly announced his future imperial condition.For instance, a probably bogus anecdote in Historia Augusta relates that as tribune he had lost a cloak that emperors never wore: Michael Reiche, ed., Antike Autobiographien: Werke, Epochen, Gattungen. Köln: Böhlau, 2005, {{ISBN|3-412-10505-8}}, p.{{nbsp}}225 According to the Historia Augusta, Hadrian had a great interest in astrology and divination and had been told of his future accession to the Empire by a grand-uncle who was himself a skilled astrologer.Christiane L. Joost-Gaugier, Measuring Heaven: Pythagoras and His Influence on Thought and Art in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cornell University Press: 2007, {{ISBN|978-0-8014-4396-1}}, p. 177

    Poem by Hadrian

    According to the Historia Augusta, Hadrian composed the following poem shortly before his death:Historia Augusta, Hadrian Dio 25.9; Antony Birley, p. 301
    Animula, vagula, blandula Hospes comesque corporis Quae nunc abibis in loca Pallidula, rigida, nudula, Nec, ut soles, dabis iocos...
    P. Aelius Hadrianus Imp.
    Roving amiable little soul, Body's companion and guest, Now descending for parts Colourless, unbending, and bare Your usual distractions no more shall be there...
    The poem has enjoyed remarkable popularity,see e.g.Forty-three translations of Hadrian's "Animula, vagula, blandula ..." including translations by Henry Vaughan, A. Pope, Lord Byron.A.A.Barb, "Animula, Vagula, Blandula", Folklore, 61, 1950 : "... since Casaubon almost three and a half centuries of classical scholars have admired this poem" but uneven critical acclaim.see Note 2 in Emanuela Andreoni Fontecedro's "Animula vagula blandula: Adriano debitore di Plutarco", Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, 1997 According to Aelius Spartianus, the alleged author of Hadrian's biography in the Historia Augusta, Hadrian "wrote also similar poems in Greek, not much better than this one"."tales autem nec multo meliores fecit et Graecos", Historia Augusta, ibidem T. S. Eliot's poem "Animula" may have been inspired by Hadrian's, though the relationship is not unambiguous.Russell E. Murphy, Critical Companion to T. S. Eliot: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work, 2007. p.48


    Hadrian has been described as the most versatile of all Roman emperors, who "adroitly concealed a mind envious, melancholy, hedonistic, and excessive with respect to his own ostentation; he simulated restraint, affability, clemency, and conversely disguised the ardor for fame with which he burned."Varius multiplex multiformis in the anonymous, ancient Epitome de Caesaribus, 14.6: trans. Thomas M. Banchich, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, 2009 Retrieved 24 March 2018cf Ronald Syme, among others; see Ando, footnote 172 His successor Marcus Aurelius, in his Meditations, lists those to whom he owes a debt of gratitude; Hadrian is conspicuously absent.McLynn, 42 Hadrian's tense, authoritarian relationship with his senate was acknowledged a generation after his death by Fronto, himself a senator, who wrote in one of his letters to Marcus Aurelius that "I praised the deified Hadrian, your grandfather, in the senate on a number of occasions with great enthusiasm, and I did this willingly, too [...] But, if it can be said â€“ respectfully acknowledging your devotion towards your grandfather â€“ I wanted to appease and assuage Hadrian as I would Mars Gradivus or Dis Pater, rather than to love him.""Wytse Keulen, Eloquence rules: the ambiguous image of Hadrian in Fronto's correspondence". weblink Retrieved 20 February 2015 Fronto adds, in another letter, that he kept some friendships, during Hadrian's reign, "under the risk of my life" (cum periculo capitis).James Uden (2010). "The Contest of Homer and Hesiod and the ambitions of Hadrian". Journal of Hellenic Studies, 130 (2010), pp. 121–135.weblink. Accessed 16 October 2017 Hadrian underscored the autocratic character of his reign by counting his dies imperii from the day of his acclamation by the armies, rather than the senate, and legislating by frequent use of imperial decrees to bypass the Senate's approval.Edward Togo Salmon,A History of the Roman World from 30 B.C. to A.D. 138. London: Routledge, 2004, {{ISBN|0-415-04504-5}}, pp. 314f The veiled antagonism between Hadrian and the Senate never grew to overt confrontation as had happened during the reigns of overtly "bad" emperors, because Hadrian knew how to remain aloof and avoid an open clash.Paul Veyne, L'Empire Gréco-Romain, p. 40 That Hadrian spent half of his reign away from Rome in constant travel probably helped to mitigate the worst of this permanently strained relationship.Birley, Restless Emperor, p. 1In 1503, Niccolò Machiavelli, though an avowed republican, esteemed Hadrian as an ideal princeps, one of Rome's Five Good Emperors. Friedrich Schiller called Hadrian "the Empire's first servant". Edward Gibbon admired his "vast and active genius" and his "equity and moderation", and considered Hadrian's era as part of the "happiest era of human history". In Ronald Syme's view, Hadrian "was a Führer, a Duce, a Caudillo".See also Paul Veyne, L'Empire Gréco-Romain, p. 65 According to Syme, Tacitus' description of the rise and accession of Tiberius is a disguised account of Hadrian's authoritarian Principate.Victoria Emma Pagán, A Companion to Tacitus. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons, 2012, {{ISBN|978-1-4051-9032-9}}, page 1 According, again, to Syme, Tacitus' Annals would be a work of contemporary history, written "during Hadrian's reign and hating it".Marache, R.: R. Syme, Tacitus, 1958. In: Revue des Études Anciennes. Tome 61, 1959, n°1–2. pp. 202–206.available at weblink. Accessed 30 April 2017While the balance of ancient literary opinion almost invariably compares Hadrian unfavourably to his predecessor, modern historians have sought to examine his motives, purposes and the consequences of his actions and policies.Susanne Mortensen: Hadrian. Eine Deutungsgeschichte. Habelt, Bonn 2004, {{ISBN|3-7749-3229-8}} For M.A. Levi, a summing-up of Hadrian's policies should stress the ecumenical character of the Empire, his development of an alternate bureaucracy disconnected from the Senate and adapted to the needs of an "enlightened" autocracy, and his overall defensive strategy; this would qualify him as a grand Roman political reformer, creator of an openly absolute monarchy to replace a sham senatorial republic.Franco Sartori, "L'oecuménisme d'un empereur souvent méconnu : [review of] M.A. Levi, Adriano, un ventennio di cambiamento". In: Dialogues d'histoire ancienne, vol. 21, no. 1, 1995. pp. 290–297. Available at weblink. Retrieved 19 January 2017 Robin Lane Fox credits Hadrian as creator of a unified Greco-Roman cultural tradition, and as the end of this same tradition; Hadrian's attempted "restoration" of Classical culture within a non-democratic Empire drained it of substantive meaning, or, in Fox's words, "kill[ed] it with kindness".The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian. New York: Basic Books, 2006, {{ISBN|978-0-465-02497-1}}, page 4

    Sources and historiography

    In Hadrian's time, there was already a well established convention that one could not write a contemporary Roman imperial history for fear of contradicting what the emperors wanted to say, read or hear about themselves.Steven H. Rutledge, "Writing Imperial Politics: The Social and Political Background" IN William J. Dominik, ed;, Writing Politics in Imperial Rome Brill, 2009, {{ISBN|978-90-04-15671-5}}, p.60Adam M. Kemezis, "Lucian, Fronto, and the absence of contemporary historiography under the Antonines". The American Journal of Philology Vol. 131, No. 2 (Summer 2010), pp. 285–325 As an earlier Latin source, Fronto's correspondence and works attest to Hadrian's character and the internal politics of his rule.Mary Taliaferro Boatwright, Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire. Princeton University Press, 2002, pp.{{nbsp}}20/26 Greek authors such as Philostratus and Pausanias wrote shortly after Hadrian's reign, but confined their scope to the general historical framework that shaped Hadrian's decisions, especially those relating the Greek-speaking world, Greek cities and notables.Birley, Restless Emperor, 160 Pausanias especially wrote a lot in praise of Hadrian's benefactions to Greece in general and Athens in particular.K.W. Arafat, Pausanias' Greece: Ancient Artists and Roman Rulers. Cambridge University Press:2004, {{ISBN|0-521-55340-7}}, p. 171. Political histories of Hadrian's reign come mostly from later sources, some of them written centuries after the reign itself. The early 3rd-century Roman History by Cassius Dio, written in Greek, gave a general account of Hadrian's reign, but the original is lost, and what survives, aside from some fragments, is a brief, Byzantine-era abridgment by the 11th-century monk Xiphilinius, who focused on Hadrian's religious interests, the Bar Kokhba war, and little else—mostly on Hadrian's moral qualities and his fraught relationship with the Senate.Boatwright, 20 The principal source for Hadrian's life and reign is therefore in Latin: one of several late 4th-century imperial biographies, collectively known as the Historia Augusta. The collection as a whole is notorious for its unreliability ("a mish mash of actual fact, cloak and dagger, sword and sandal, with a sprinkling of Ubu Roi"),Paul Veyne, L'Empire Gréco-Romain. Paris: Seuil, 2005, {{ISBN|2-02-057798-4}}, p.{{nbsp}}312. In the French original: de l'Alexandre Dumas, du péplum et un peu d'Ubu Roi. but most modern historians consider its account of Hadrian to be relatively free of outright fictions, and probably based on sound historical sources,Danèel den Hengst, Emperors and Historiography: Collected Essays on the Literature of the Roman Empire. Leiden: Brill, 2010, {{ISBN|978-90-04-17438-2}}, p. 93. principally one of a lost series of imperial biographies by the prominent 3rd-century senator Marius Maximus, who covered the reigns of Nerva through to Elagabalus.Alan K. Bowman, Peter Garnsey, Dominic Rathbone, eds., The Cambridge Ancient History', XI: the High Empire, 70–192 A.D.Cambridge University Press, 2000, {{ISBN|978-0521263351}}, p. 132.The first modern historian to produce a chronological account of Hadrian's life, supplementing the written sources with other epigraphical, numismatic, and archaeological evidence, was the German 19th-century medievalist Ferdinand Gregorovius.Anthony R Birley, Hadrian: The Restless Emperor. Abingdon: Routledge, 2013, {{ISBN|0-415-16544-X}}, p.{{nbsp}}7. A 1907 biography by Weber, a German nationalist and later Nazi Party supporter, incorporates the same archaeological evidence to produce an account of Hadrian, and especially his Bar Kokhba war, that has been described as ideologically loaded.Thomas E. Jenkins, Antiquity Now: The Classical World in the Contemporary American Imagination. Cambridge University Press: 2015, {{ISBN|978-0-521-19626-0}}, p. 121.A'haron Oppenheimer, Between Rome and Babylon: Studies in Jewish Leadership and Society.Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005, {{ISBN|3-16-148514-9}}, p. 199.Birley, Hadrian: the Restless Emperor, 7: Birley describes the results of Ernst Kornemann's attempt to sift the Historia Augusta biography's facts from its fictions (through textual analysis alone) as doubtful. B.W. Henderson's 1923 English language biography of Hadrian focuses on ancient written sources, and largely ignores or overlooks the published archaeological, epigraphic and non-literary evidence used by Weber. Epigraphical studies in the post-war period help support alternate views of Hadrian. Anthony Birley's 1997 biography of Hadrian sums up and reflects these developments in Hadrian historiography.{{Nerva-Antonine family tree}}



    See also

    • Hadrian, an opera based on Hadrian's life and death and his relationship with Antinous, composed by Rufus Wainwright.




    Primary sources

    • Eusebius of Caesarea, Church History (Book IV), WEB,weblink Church History,, 13 March 2010,
    • Smallwood, E.M, Documents Illustrating the Principates of Nerva Trajan and Hadrian, Cambridge, 1966.

    Secondary sources

    • JOURNAL, Barnes, T. D., 1967, Hadrian and Lucius Verus, 299345, Journal of Roman Studies, 57, 1/2, 65–79, 10.2307/299345,
    • BOOK, Birley, Anthony R., Hadrian. The restless emperor, London, Routledge, 1997, 978-0-415-16544-0,weblink
    • BOOK, Boatwright, Mary Taliaferro., Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire, Priceton, Princeton University Press, 2002, 978-0-691-04889-5,
    • JOURNAL, Canto, Alicia M., 2004, Itálica, patria y ciudad natal de Adriano (31 textos históricos y argumentos contra Vita Hadr. 1, 3, Athenaeum, 92, 2, 367–408,weblink dead,weblink" title="">weblink 15 October 2007,
    • BOOK, Everitt, Anthony, Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome, New York, Random House, 2009, 978-1-4000-6662-9,
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    • BOOK, Lambert, Royston, Beloved and God: the story of Hadrian and Antinous, London, Phoenix Giants, 1997, 978-1-85799-944-0,
    • BOOK, Speller, Elizabeth, Following Hadrian: a second-century journey through the Roman Empire, London, Review, 2003, 978-0-7472-6662-4,
    • BOOK, Syme, Ronald, Ronald Syme, Tacitus, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1958, 1997, 978-0-19-814327-7,
    • JOURNAL, Syme, Ronald, 1964, Hadrian and Italica, Journal of Roman Studies, LIV, 1–2, 142–9, 10.2307/298660, 298660,
    • JOURNAL, Syme, Ronald, 1988, Journeys of Hadrian, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 73, 159–170,weblink 12 December 2006, Reprinted in BOOK, Syme, Ronald, Roman Papers VI, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1991, 978-0-19-814494-6, 346–357,

    Further reading

    • BOOK, Danziger, Danny, Hadrian's empire : when Rome ruled the world, 2006, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 978-0-340-83361-2, Purcell, Nicholas,weblink
    • BOOK, Everitt, Anthony, Hadrian and the triumph of Rome, 2009, Random House, New York, 978-1-4000-6662-9,
    • JOURNAL, Gray, William Dodge, A Study of the life of Hadrian Prior to His Accession, Smith College Studies in History, 1919, 4, 151–209,
    • BOOK, Gregorovius, Ferdinand, The Emperor Hadrian: A Picture of the Greco-Roman World in His Time,weblink 1898, Macmillan, London, Mary E. Robinson, trans,
    • BOOK, Henderson, Bernard W., Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, London, Methuen, 1923,
    • BOOK, Ish-Kishor, Sulamith, Magnificent Hadrian: A Biography of Hadrian, Emperor of Rome, 1935, Minton, Balch and Co, New York,
    • BOOK, Perowne, Stewart, Stewart Perowne, Hadrian, 1960, Hodder and Stoughton, London,

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