Monday, July 23, 2012

What did the Romans ever do for us? Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian, the third of the five "good emperors", ruled the Roman empire from 10 August AD 117 to 10 July, AD 138. Born near modern-day Seville in Spain, he was an enlightened intellectual but also a military man who led the second Roman war against the Jews in Jerusalem.

A lover of travel, he journeyed to every outpost of the empire, and was particularly devoted to Greece. He was artistic, with a passion for both architecture and poetry. He was also believed to be homosexual, and named a city after his lover, a Greek youth named Antinous, after he drowned during a trip along the Nile.