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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anthony Everitt Narrator: John Curless Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781464044298
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Acclaimed British historian Anthony Everitt delivers a compelling account of the former orphan who became Roman emperor in AD 117 after the death of his guardian Trajan. Hadrian strengthened Rome by ending territorial expansion and fortifying existing borders. And—except for the uprising he triggered in Judea—his strength-based diplomacy brought peace to the realm after a century of warfare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One gets a clear and compelling sense of Hadrian’s times.”

    New Yorker

  • “[A] skillful portrait…The author of biographies of Augustus and Cicero, British scholar Everitt now combines academic expertise with lively prose in a satisfying account of the emperor.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Excellent…highly recommended…a skillfully analyzed and well-researched narrative.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosie Beck | 2/20/2014

    " If you have a scholarly bend, you will enjoy this book on Hadrian the Emperor. I found it a bit dry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 2/14/2014

    " I listened to this audiobook because it was recommended at the end of The Swerve and I've been interested in Roman history for some time, without having any real targets for my ambition to learn more. This book ably served my purpose, both providing an excellent background on Roman history during the height of the Empire, and focusing on the individual quirks of one man. The sources that Everitt pulls from -- fragments, poetry, inscriptions, architecture -- are fascinating in themselves. The portrait of Hadrian that emerges is one of a capable man who was determined to solidify, rather than expand, the empire (hence Hadrian's Wall), but who personally was a kind of talented amateur who delighted in facing off against experts. Although he wasn't the most sympathetic character, I found that by the end I quite liked him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leigh-ann | 2/13/2014

    " This was an enjoyable look at the life of a man who seemed to be fairly sane and likable (at least, compared to some of his predecessors). The book only suffers because when compared to the first emperors (Caesar, Augustus, Claudius, and even Caligula and Nero) Hadrian just isn't as quirky nor was his life as filled with intrigue and drama. Hadrian's main impact on history may be the way he tried to infuse Roman society with more of Greek culture. He was definitely a "deep" individual who was tormented by a lot of personal demons (for instance, did he convince his "one true love" to commit suicide in an effort to urge the gods to restore Hadrian's own youth and health?), and it's unfortunate that so few of his own writings exist to reveal more of his true personality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas | 2/1/2014

    " A competent but somewhat arid biography. Everitt's sources are well documented and his scholarship seems sound enough, but there also seems to be quite a lot of filler material here. The first third of the book covers Hadrian's youth and ascension to the throne ("taking the purple" is the phrase Everitt loves) and while some background is necessary, the level of detail here bogs the reader down. If you can slog your way through the extraneous detail, Hadrian does finally come to life in the second half of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leif Erik | 1/24/2014

    " I really liked the subject and it's been a while since I've read about the Romans aside from the fall of the Republic and the Civil War. The book itself is ok. Everitt is a good writer, but seemed like he was on auto-pilot for much of book. I'm guessing he over-estimated how much he could pull from primary sources before he signed the book contract. Still, you could do a lot worse if you want an introduction to 2nd century Imperial Rome and the shenanigans of their leaders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hadrian | 1/17/2014

    " A good biography of an philosophic and enigmatic emperor. Suffers a bit from the comparative lack of sources, but does a remarkable job at filling in with some good context. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen McRae | 1/5/2014

    " Enjoyable book with a good long look into the far reaching roman empire.This book was very readable and went into detail about Hadrian and Trajan,his predecessor.There seemed to be a great deal of research in writing thisbook "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sjo | 12/28/2013

    " A must read for Roman history geeks. Everitt always does a great job telling stories about people that make them feel much more real than your typical biographer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Don Carfagno | 12/20/2013

    " Anthony Everitt is good with Roman history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Wolfson | 12/10/2013

    " Fantastic, visual, lyrical, informative, entertaining. Reads like a novel. Great biography. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hochstenbach | 5/10/2013

    " Very enjoyable but not comparable with the epic drama in his Cicero and Augustus biographies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/16/2013

    " Mostly liked it. A little too much speculation on the motives/"psychology" of Hadrian from very little evidence ("You can't really do psychology based on X, but" doesn't give license for such speculation), but overall interestingly written with lots of good refs at the back. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 3/29/2013

    " Not very happy with this book, mostly because he plays rather fast and loose with the epigraphic and archaeological evidence to make connections to the narrative sources. Good for drama, but many of his connections with lesser figures and Hadrian are really unconvincing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Stone | 2/15/2013

    " Good read. I felt like I was reading about real people. He put me there with them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 12/13/2012

    " Very interesting. FYI Hadrian was the one who tried to change the name of Judea to Palistine. Since his troops were the only ones to be defeated by the Jews, he wanted to erase their name from the maps and history. "

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About the Author
Author Anthony Everitt

Anthony Everitt, visiting professor in the visual and performing arts at Nottingham Trent University, has written extensively on European culture and is the author of Cicero and Augustus. He has served as secretary general of the Arts Council of Great Britain. He lives near Colchester, England’s first recorded town, founded by the Romans.

About the Narrator

John Curless is a theater, film, and television actor. He has appeared on Broadway in Journeys End, The Sound of Music, and The King and I and off-Broadway in Passion Play, Comic Potential, and The Entertainer. His film and television credits include Vibrations, Ed, and NYPD Blue. His audiobook narrations have been awarded two AudioFile Earphones Awards.