The Emperor Hadrian

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The Emperor Hadrian

<p>Hadrian was one of the best-travelled Emperors of Rome. When he built his wall across the north of England, Britannia was regarded as the most remote and exotic corner of the Roman Empire. Hadrian’

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Hadrian was one of the best-travelled Emperors of Rome. When he built his wall across the north of England, Britannia was regarded as the most remote and exotic corner of the Roman Empire. Hadrian’s favourite city was Athens. He was a lover of all things Greek and hoped the city would become the cultural centre of the Empire. Ever versatile, he was as at home with the military as he was with the arts. Machiavelli nominated him as the third of the ‘Five Good Emperors’ of Rome. In this lecture, we will examine the life and times of this multifaceted Imperator.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • A short background look at Roman history to put Hadrian into a time perspective
  • The major events of Hadrian’s reign
  • Hadrian’s style of rule
  • The importance of Antinous in Hadrian’s life
  • Hadrian’s most famous building works, including his wall across the top of the province of Britannia and his magnificent villa at Tivoli outside Rome
  • Did Hadrian deserve to be regarded as one of Rome’s ‘Five Good Emperors’?


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand Hadrian’s role in Roman history.
  2. Appreciate that there is more to Hadrian than a wall.
  3. Know the significant achievements of Emperor Hadrian.