What is Hadrian?

  • (noun): Roman Emperor who was the adoptive son of Trajan; travelled throughout his empire to strengthen its frontiers and encourage learning and architecture; on a visit to Britain in 122 he ordered the construction of Hadrian's Wall (76-138).
    Synonyms: Publius Aelius Hadrianus, Adrian


Hadrian (Latin: Publius Aelius Traianus Hadrianus Augustus 24 January 76 – 10 July 138), was Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. He is best known for building Hadrian's Wall, which marked the northern limit of Roman Britain. In Rome, he re-built the Pantheon and constructed the Temple of Venus and Roma. In addition to being emperor, Hadrian was a humanist and was philhellene in all his tastes. He was the third of the so-called Five Good Emperors.

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Hadrian - Nerva–Antonine Family Tree
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Hadrian (BBC Documentary)
... Hadrian is a Bafta Cymru-winning 2008 BBC Television documentary film in which Dan Snow follows the travels of the Roman Emperor Hadrian ...
CXVII - Events - By Place - Roman Empire
... Jewish revolt (the Kitos War), then falls seriously ill, leaving Hadrian in command of the east ... On his death bed, Trajan adopts Hadrian and designates him as his successor ... Hadrian, who will reign until 138, succeeds him ...
Milecastle 38
... Milecastle 38 is a milecastle fortlet (small fort) on Hadrian's Wall in the vicinity of Hotbank Farm ... It is notable for the joint inscription bearing the names of the emperor Hadrian and Aulus Platorius Nepos, the governor of Brittania at the time the Wall was built ... The first two lines identifies the emperor Hadrian, the third the Legion - Legio secunda Augusta (Second Augustan Legion) which erected the plaque, and the ...
Scotland During The Roman Empire - Hadrian's Wall
... he hosted a visit to the province by the Emperor Hadrian that resulted in the construction of Hadrian's Wall (Latin Rigore Valli Aeli, "the line along Hadrian's frontier") ... Hadrian's Wall remained the frontier between the Roman and Celtic worlds in Britain until 139 ...