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Hadrian in Latin Publius Aelius Hadrianus was emperor of Rome from 117-138 AD He declared and end to the expansion of the empire and drew back to the limits established by Augusts One of the most cultured of the emperors he was a patron of virtually all arts He surrounded himself with poets philosophers and scholars Passionately interested in architect he erected Rome in such magnificent buildings as the Athenaeum the Temple of Venus and Roma the Pantheon rebuilt and his massive Mausoleum Castel SantAngelo Hadrians villa was actually an entire town with splendid buildings recalling the best he had seen in his travels and some of the finest statuary of the ancient times Hadrian was born January 24 76 AD either in Silica near Seville Spain or in Rome When his father died in 85 he became the ward of a relative the future emperor of Trajan Educated in Rome Hadrian held various civil and military posts until Trajan became emperor in 98 He then served with distinctions in military campaigns with Trajan on the Danube frontier and was made consul several times As achron of Athens 112 he immersed himself in Greek culture for which he demonstrated an abiding attachment When Trajan died in 117 Hadrian was declared emperor by the army and the Roman Senate then ratified his appointment The Roman Empire at the time was repeatedly threatened by the revolts of subjects peoples and by barbarian invasions Recognizing the need for consolidation Hadrian resolved to abandon the outlying provinces He established a series of defense fortifications including the famous Hadrians Wall which historically marked the end of Roman territorial expansion In Rome he strengthened his position by liberalism towards the people by support of poor children and by a considerate attitude toward the Senate In several extended tours he visited nearly every Roman province setting local political military and economic affairs in order and strengthening loyalty towards Rome His favorite Antinous
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