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Hadrian and the Triumph of Rome by Anthony Everitt
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Jan 28, 10

bookshelves: biography, history
Read in January, 2010

A competent but somewhat arid biography. Everitt's sources are well documented and his scholarship seems sound enough, but there also seems to be quite a lot of filler material here. The first third of the book covers Hadrian's youth and ascension to the throne ("taking the purple" is the phrase Everitt loves) and while some background is necessary, the level of detail here bogs the reader down. If you can slog your way through the extraneous detail, Hadrian does finally come to life in the second half of the book.
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