Hadrian Biography

Hadrian was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. He is also known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. Hadrian was regarded by some as a humanist and was philhellene in most of his tastes. He is regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors.

Hadrian was born Publius Aelius Hadrianus into a Roman family. Although Italica near Santiponce is often considered his birthplace, his place of birth remains uncertain. His predecessor Trajan was a maternal cousin of Hadrian's father. Trajan never officially designated an heir, but according to his wife Pompeia Plotina, Trajan named Hadrian emperor immediately before his death. Trajan's wife and his friend Licinius Sura were well-disposed towards Hadrian, and he may well have owed his succession to them.

During his reign, Hadrian traveled to nearly every province of the Empire. An ardent admirer of Greece, he sought to make Athens the cultural capital of the Empire and ordered the construction of many opulent temples in the city. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Hadrian
Full Name:
Publius Aelius Hadrianus Augustus
Nationality:
Spain
Profession:
Roman emperor
Religion:
Paganism
Date of Birth:
January 24, 76
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
July 10, 138
Age at Death:
1837
Cause of Death:
Heart failure
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