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Seller: ancientgifts (4,186) 99.3%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381757542532 TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Your browser does not support JavaScript. To view this page, enable JavaScript if it is disabled or upgrade your browser. Click here to see 1,000 archaeology/ancient history books and 2,000 ancient artifacts, antique gemstones, antique jewelry! Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey Through the Roman Empire by Elizabeth Speller. NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: [Published at $74.00] Hardback with Dust Jacket: 328 pages. Publisher: Oxford University Press; (2003).Hadrian, the great, but flawed, Roman Emperor, was an inveterate traveler, intellectual, and patron of the arts. He was determined to make his mark on posterity and left an unparalleled legacy of beautiful new cities and buildings throughout his vast empire and, of course, in Rome. Much of his inspiring architecture remains for today's travelers to marvel at, although some has disappeared without trace and is now the stuff of legend. But Hadrian was also melancholy, volatile, and utterly ruthless. He treated his wife with contempt and devoted himself to a beautiful boy whose sinister death, while they traveled in Egypt, plunged Hadrian into despair; it changed his personality for ever and affected his ability to rule. Within two years, the man who had been one of the most peace-loving of emperors plunged his empire into a terrible, ill-judged, three-year war against Judea. Classicist Elizabeth Speller tells the story of the most powerful man on earth in the early second century against a background of his travels and intrigues. This was a man who had commissioned a dazzling construction program, from Hadrian's Wall in Britain and the extraordinary Pantheon in Rome, to his 900-room villa at Tivoli, works which represented the central themes of his rule: military domination, religious tolerance, and an extravagant lifestyle. Soundly based on original sources and archaeology, this compelling book throws new light on Hadrian and the Roman Empire of the second century. CONDITION: NEW. New hardcover w/dustjacket. Unblemished except for VERY slight shelfwear to dustjacket. Pages are pristine; clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, unambiguously unread. Condition is entirely consistent with a new book from an open-shelf bookstore environment such as Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, etc. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: One of the greatest and most enigmatic Roman emperors, Hadrian stabilized the imperial borders, established peace throughout the empire, patronized the arts, and built an architectural legacy that lasts to this day: the great villa at Tivoli, the domed wonder of the Pantheon, and the eponymous wall that stretches across Britain. Yet the story of his reign is also a tale of intrigue, domestic discord, and murder. In "Following Hadrian" Elizabeth Speller captures the fascinating life of Hadrian, ruler of the most powerful empire on earth at the peak of its glory. Speller displays a superb gift for narrative as she traces the intrigue of Hadrian's rise: his calculated marriage to Emperor Trajan's closest female relative, a woman he privately tormented; Trajan's suspicious deathbed adoption of Hadrian as his heir, a stroke some thought to be a post-mortem forgery; and the ensuing slaughter of potential rivals by an ally of Hadrian's. Speller makes brilliant use of her sources, vividly depicting Hadrian's bouts of melancholy, his intellectual passions, his love for a beautiful boy (whose death sent him into a spiral), and the paradox of his general policies of peace and religious tolerance even as he conducted a bitter, three-year war with Judea. Most important, the author captures the emperor as both a builder and an inveterate traveler, guiding readers on a grand tour of the Roman Empire at the moment of its greatest extent and accomplishment, from the barren, windswept frontiers of Britain to the teeming streets of Antioch, from the dangers of the German forest to the urban splendor of Rome itself. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: This is an odd if appealing amalgam, which the publisher describes as "part travelogue, biography and fictional memoir," recounting the life of second-century Roman emperor Hadrian when the empire was at its peak of power. The memoir is not Hadrian's (though he did in fact write an autobiography that has been lost to us), but that of Julia Balbilla, an aristocratic woman, poet and good friend of Hadrian's wife. Inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar's novel about the emperor, and attempting to flesh out the skimpy historical record and give readers a taste of real life during the Roman Empire, Speller, a classics scholar, entwines excerpts from the fictional diary with historical narrative to relate the life of Hadrian, "a great and brilliant emperor" and "a passionate and incessant traveler." Through the imagined words of Julia, Hadrian becomes a man of flesh and blood: "his hair was more brown than golden and the poetry rather better than the wits gave him credit for. It was the same with his alleged cowardice in the wars and his womanizing." This is a pleasing introduction to the ancient world. REVIEW: Though Hadrian was widely regarded as an ill-tempered tyrant immediately after his death in 138 A.D., historians now regard him as one of ancient Rome's most brilliant and intriguing rulers, at least in the early part of his reign. Cambridge-educated classicist Speller's first book, which is part biography and part travelogue, examines the many facets of Hadrian's personality. What results is a fascinating and learned account of both his life and the ancient world during his supremacy. Hadrian was a "passionate and incessant traveler" who, amazingly, spent half his reign abroad. Naturally, the book focuses on his travels, with particular emphasis on his sojourn in Egypt. The most famous attributes of his personality are also explored, such as his love of all things Greek, his tragic homosexual relationship with the young Antonius, his alleged anti-Semitism, and his architectural achievements. Much of the book focuses on Egypt, Rome's most prized possession, but it also examines in detail Rome's much more problematic relationship with Judea. This is a lively and interesting book. REVIEW: A very readable book, well informed, and written in an engaging style. The concluding chapter is really superb as an evocation of the way that Hadrian's world has survived. Wonderful and entrancing, anyone interested in the ancient world will want to read this book. REVIEW: An engaging, thoughtful, knowledgeable, and fascinating essay on Roman history, as well as a perceptive exploration of the Roman Empire of the second century A.D. Speller has chosen a subject that well repays the kind of personal, psychological investigation she undertakes. She skillfully synthesizes the appropriate scholarship and ancient sources to weave together an enthralling and informative narrative. REVIEW: "Following Hadrian" offers a clear-headed and accessible narrative of Hadrian's wandering reign, informed and enlivened by some of the best modern work on politics of the Roman Empire, which she manages to cast much more elegantly than most professional ancient historians. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: "Following Hadrian" is a quite compelling book. Hard to categorize, though; Elizabeth Speller's scholarship is impeccable; there are areas of original (and fascinating) research, but worn very lightly; yet she is not afraid to conjecture; not least through the imagined words of the very real poet (and Hadrian's empress's closest companion) Julia Balbilla. It makes, as I said, for a compelling mix in which not only does the Hellenophile, restless, melancholy and endlessly-traveling Emperor Hadrian come vividly to life, but so do his surroundings, whether human or geographical, whether at home in his great villa at Tivoli; abroad in Egypt or (disastrously) Judea; or in the reeking, clattering, treacherous city of Rome, then the centre of the Empire and, it seemed, the world. The still-pronounced papal blessing "Urbi et Orbi" -- the City and the World -- takes on a new significance in the light of the world-view Speller presents. Why Rome? Rome, I suppose, because we in the West have, ever since the Roman Empire two thousand years ago, been just another, later sort of Roman. So much of our culture, our politics, our law, our understanding, and, above all, the exercise of power, derives from Rome. Particularly notable is Speller's exposition of Hadrian's disastrous, and uncharacteristic attempt to invade, overturn and subdue a Semitic desert people who had aroused his anger by their response to what they saw as (what we'd now call) Rome's "cultural imperialism". Sound familiar? Regime change anyone? Then, it was the Jews, and the result was terrorism, guerilla warfare, an endless strain on Imperial resources, and the fateful Diaspora of the Jews. Speller has produced more than a historical tract linking past and present. "Following Hadrian" is also a deeply moving insight into the life of the then most potent human being on the planet, and the melancholic perplexity at the heart of his life. She ties together the two different Hadrian's. First the majestic Grand Ringmaster of the Empire. Hadrian had an understanding of power of the grand effect, particularly architectural, still unsurpassed. Second with the troubled traveler, the seeker after obscure and often bizarre magical mysteries, the negligent husband, and (for which he is most famous) the lover of the young Antinous, still an icon of male beauty, whose mysterious death in the Nile (suicide? murder? sacrifice? another of Hadrian's special effects?) still exercises our imagination almost two millennia after it happened. In sum, then, a remarkable book, as illuminating for the general reader as for an ancient historian, which belongs on student reading lists as well as on every historically-cultured person's bookshelf. Recommended without reservation. REVIEW: I just now finished this book. I spent four days of my life reading it and I am a much better person for having done so. Following Hadrian made Ancient Rome come alive for me. Although I was expecting (and a little disappointed) not to walk on the wall with Hadrian as he toured Britain, I spent my time, nonetheless, in crazy clamoring Rome and along the verdent banks of the Nile. In between the Jews were crushed in Judea, a homosexual lover dispatched, monuments were built, and the possible inner mind of a giant of history laid bare for me to explore. I really like ancient Roman and Greek history and the blending of the two 'mind-sets' was very helpful for me to see the continuing intellectual struggle between these two cultures. A struggle that was continuing even two centuries after the Romans had conquered the Greeks.(and the Egyptians, Macedonians, Iberians, British, Gauls etc.). The inclusion of a fictional (but historical) narrator was a gentle and poetic way to navigate among the bloodshed and carnage of the intrigue and the warfare. Bottom line, unless you are already very familiar with Hadrian, this is a book that will not talk over your head but will never insult your intelligence. Elizabeth Speller put much thought and care into this book. Made me go to the internet to look for photos of the ruins she brought to life in Egypt and Tivoli. If you are slogging your way through Roman history, "Following Hadrian" will offer an oasis of information that reads like a novel and is unafraid to fill in the blanks. REVIEW: The author is a scholar, and her knowledge of this period of history (first and second century of the common era) shows itself in many ways. She also writes beautifully, particularly as her fictional diarist. Much of this is history, much is speculation, and the diary entries are outright fiction. I found the combination interesting and entertaining. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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