Who was Hadrian – (Publius Aelius Hadrianus)? Short biograhpy. Hadrian history, pictures and videos. Hadrian facts, birthday and Life Story…
Hadrian (Hadrianus, Publius Aelius) – (76-138 AD) – Roman emperor (117-138 AD)
Hadrian is famous most of all for the great wall he had built from the mouth of the river Tyne in Northumberland to the Solway Firth, creating a strong barrier between what was then (in 122 AD) Britain and Caledonia. But he achieved much more than that.
Hadrian was the nephew of the splendid emperor Trajan (p. 49), and by the time he succeeded his uncle in 117, he had experienced many years of high command.
One of the first things he did was to contract the eastern boundaries of the empire set by Trajan, largely because he felt this would make it easier to police the borders. He also travelled throughout the whole of his dominions and was one of the very few Roman rulers to do so. On his prolonged journeying he relieved grievances, confirmed statutes and privileges, founded buildings and towns, and generally showed the huge, many tongued nationalities of the empire that their emperor cared about them.
In Rome itself he added many fine buildings, including the Hadrian Mausoleum (known now as the Castel Sant’ Angelo) and the Aelian bridge.
Hadrian – (Publius Aelius Hadrianus)