The Emperor Hadrian's relationship with the senate was clouded from the very beginning of his reign as Emperor.
When Hadrian first came to power, four powerful members of the Roman Senate were executed. These four consuls were supporters of the previous Emperor Trajan.
There was never any proof that Hadrian had been involved in their deaths, he was not even near Rome at the time, but the the Senate never forgave him for these important mens deaths.
During Emperor Hadrian's reign he acted fairly and reasonably in his dealing with the Senate. He was often genourous and historians have recorded his fairness.
When he died however, the Senate attempted to have him villified. They did not want him recognised as a good Emperor and held in honour and deified.
It was only the fact that the new Emperor, Antoninus Pious, stood up for Hadrian and insisted that Hadrian was recognised as a god and deified, that the Senate granted Hadrian the recognition of "Divus" and that he had rulled constitutionally.
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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