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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:
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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

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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