Empire and Conflict
By (author) Thorsten Opper
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Hadrian by Thorsten Opper
Book DescriptionHadrian (r. AD 117-138) is known for his restless and ambitious nature, his interest in architecture and his passion for Greece and Greek culture. This book and exhibition move beyond this image to give a new appraisal of this Emperor, exploring the sharp contradictions in his personality and his role as a ruthless military leader, against the backdrop of the events of his 21-year reign, in which he travelled throughout his empire. As ruler, Hadrian consolidated and strengthened the empire rather than continuing the campaigns of his predecessor Trajan. Individual chapters of the book look at Hadrian the man as an individual; Hadrian the military leader and strategist; Hadrian the amateur architect who created magnificent buildings such as his villa at Tivoli (an empire in miniature); Hadrian the lover who deified his male favourite Antinous after his mysterious death in the Nile; and Hadrian the traveller who tirelessly roamed his empire and its boundaries. The book will conclude with the legacy of Hadrian, including a discussion of the genesis of Marguerite Yourcenars famous Memoirs of Hadrian, about to be turned into a major Hollywood film. This important and timely book is richly illustrated throughout with key works of art -both celebrated and less well-known sculptures, bronzes, coins and medals, drawings and watercolours from major international museums and other public and private collections.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714150697
(289mm x 228mm x mm)
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Thorsten Opper
Meroe Head of Augustus, Paperback (February 2015)
Made from Bronze with eyes inlaid with glass pupils set in metal rings, the 'Meroe Head' is a magnificent portrait of Julius Caesar's great nephew and adopted heir Augustus (63 BC-AD 14).
Hadrian, Paperback (October 2010)
Even in the panoply of Roman history, Hadrian stands out. Emperor from 117 to 138 ad, he was at once a benevolent ruler and a ruthless military leader. This book moves beyond the familiar image of Hadrian to offer a new appraisal of this Emperor's contradictory personality, his exploits and accomplishments, his rule, and his military role.
Emperor Hadrian, Hardback (July 2008)» View all books by Thorsten Opper
Hadrian reigned for twenty-one years in the Roman Empire's Golden Age and is perhaps best known today for his great wall in the north of England. This book presents a portrait of Hadrian, his family, his deeds, his loves, his dark side and his legacy.
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Author Biography - Thorsten Opper
Thorsten Opper is a curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum. He has published on ancient sculpture and 18th-century antiquarianism.
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