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By the time Hadrians contributions to his country had succeeded and death was near he was the most hated man in Rome However throughout his reign he was regarded as a noble leader The Roman emperor Hadrian organized the Greco-Roman world He worked successfully toward revision of Roman law and the strengthening of border defenses Emperor Hadrian made many important contributions to Roman culture and he was also known as the greatest Roman emperor in history Hadrian was born on January 26 76 ad in Spain In his youth he developed a strong interest in Hellenic culture This earned him his nickname The Greekling For example Hadrian was an admirer of Greek culture and under different circumstances might have devoted his full time to literature and philosophy rather than politics Hadrian was well educated and known throughout Rome as a military man He rose swiftly through the ranks and became a well-respected general Soon after Hadrian was married to a thirteen-year-old girl Thirteen years of age was very young even in Roman terms of marriage Hadrian became emperor in 117ad This occurred when Trajan Hadrians deceased fathers cousin and guardian made Hadrian his successor on his deathbed Hadrians relationship with the Senate was not a good one At the beginning of his reign he put four former consuls to death for conspiracy This created negative relations between Hadrian and the Senate However Hadrian generally treated the Senate with the great respect Throughout the years 120-133 he traveled immensely He visited Britain Spain eastern provinces and even Africa Towns and cities vastly benefited from his journeys Harbors roads and bridges were built The size of Athens almost doubled The emperor founded many new cities including Adrinople Hadrians travels which during his reign covered a period of more than twelve years were the most extensive of any peacetime emperors in history Hadrian cared about the welfare of his country and people For example he
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