" 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. "
— Leigh-ann, 2/13/2014