The Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, A.D. 76-138

The Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, A.D. 76-138

The Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, A.D. 76-138

The Life and Principate of the Emperor Hadrian, A.D. 76-138

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This book was begun some fifteen years ago at the suggestion of the late Professor H. F. Pelham, Camden Professor of Ancient History in the University of Oxford and our Master in Roman History. It has taken long to complete through the usual claims upon the time of a College Tutor and by reason of manifold and strange duties which fell upon the writer during the years of the war, when it was laid aside. Since it was resumed in the summer of 1919 other writings and illness have still further delayed its completion.

If at times I seem to have spoken in this book somewhat pontifically upon questions which remain subjects of dispute, my apologia must be that I am now too old to refrain from giving my real opinions. I hope that the references will enable those who are younger to challenge these if they see reason for dissent. The various verse renderings in the text are my own unless otherwise stated.

I owe great thanks to my colleague, Mr. G. C. Cheshire, Fellow of Exeter College, for reading through Chapter XII. in MS. and making valuable suggestions upon it; also to Mr. R. G. Collingwood, Fellow of Pembroke College, for similar help upon Chapter X. The latter has added to my obligations by allowing me to add a "Note" at the end of the chapter from his own pen upon the subject in which he is now our recognized Ox ford expert.

In two previous books I have treated at some length . . .

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