Following the death of the Emperor Trajan, Hadrian quickly secured the support of the legions - one potential opponent, Lusius Quietus, was instantly dismissed.
On being ratified as the new Emperor of Rome by the senate, Hadrian did not at first go to Rome. He had his hands tied sorting out the East and supressing the Jewish revolt that had broken out under Trajan--then moving to sort out the Danube frontier.
Instead, Attianus, Hadrian's former guardian, was put in charge in Rome. There he "discovered" a plot involving four leading Senators including Lusius Quietus and demanded of the Senate their deaths. There was no question of a trial-- they were hunted down and killed out of hand.
Because Hadrian was not in Rome at the time, he was able to claim that Attianus had acted on his own initiative. According to Elizabeth Speller the real reason for their deaths was that they were Trajan's men.
Other enemies of Hadrian were the enemies of Rome. Emperor Hadrian, although not a warlike emperor, fortified the boundaries of the Roman Empire against enemies. For instance, he was responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall across the province of Brittania to protect that boundary of the Roman Empire.
The Danube and Rhine borders were also strengthened by Emperor Hadrian with a series of mostly wooden fortifications, forts, outposts and watchtowers, the latter specifically improving communications and local area security.
The Emperor Hadrian also continued to maintain the thirty legions which had been established under the Emperor Trajan.
Despite his own excellence as a military administrator, Emperor Hadrian's reign was marked by a general lack of major military conflicts. Hadrian surrendered Trajan's conquests in Mesopotamia, considering them to be indefensible. There was almost a war with Parthia around 121, but the threat was averted when Hadrian succeeded in negotiating a peace. Hadrian's army crushed a massive Jewish uprising in Judea (132-135) led by Bar Kokhba. [MORE...]
Emperor Hadrian Ruled from 117 to 138 AD.
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The Emperor Hadrian ruled for 21 years from A.D. 117 until A.D. 138, when the Empire of Ancient Rome was at its height.
The Emperor Hadrian consolidated and strengthened The Roman Empire. He was The Roman Emperor responsible for the building of Hadrian's Wall in England.
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