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Memoirs of Hadrian (including Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian)
Author: Marguerite Yourcenar

ISBN: 9780141184968
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1 June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 12.9 x 1.8
The Booktopia Book Guru urges you to read this book...
It is Unforgettable!

In her magnificent novel, Marguerite Yourcenar recreates the life and death of one of the great rulers of the ancient world. The Emperor Hadrian, aware his demise is imminent, writes a long valedictory letter to Marcus Aurelius, his successor.

The Emperor meditates on his past, describing his accession, military triumphs, love of poetry and music, and the philosophy that informed his powerful and far-flung rule.

A work of superbly detailed research and sustained empathy, Memoirs of Hadrian captures the living spirit of the Emperor and of Ancient Rome.

A Taste :

Such liaisons, agreeable enough when the woman were expert in love, became truly moving when these women were beautiful. It was a study of the arts for me; I came to know statues, and to appreciate at close range a Cnidian Venus or a Leda trembling under the weight of the swan. It was the world of Tibullus and Propertius: a melancholy, an ardour somewhat feigned but intoxicating as a melody in the Phry...

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