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Hadrian was born on January 24, 76 AD.

Hadrian was born in either Rome or Italica, Spain - the original sources are not clear on this though Rome seems more likely.

Hadrian was clearly very capable and achieved high office, reaching the consulate at the age of 32, the earliest possible age at that time.

Hadrian became Emperor on the death of Trajan, in August, 117 AD.

When he became Emperor, four respected Roman Senators were killed. Hadrian denied having anything to do with this, but the senate suspected he was involved and never forgave him.

As Emperor, Hadrian spent most of his time travelling and inspecting his empire.

He was keen to establish natural or man-made boundaries to his empire.

He initiated many building works and defenses, such as Hadrian's Wall, and consolidated the empire.

Hadrian was a capable administrator and a good soldier and leader.

He is known as one of the "Five Good Emperors", which consist of Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, and the two Antonines.

Emperor Hadrian had a love of Greek Culture and he is often portrayed in statues and on coins with a full beard, which at the time of his reign was a Greek Custom, most Roman Men preferring to be clean shaven.

Emperor Hadrian also took a keen interest in architecture, and was directly responsible for the devolpment of many fine buildings and structures during his reign.

Hadrian died on July 10, 138 AD at his Imperial Villa at Baiae, on the Bay of Naples.

On his death, the Senate attempted to villify him, to curse his memory, but his successor Antoninus fought for the right for Hadrian to be deified, and respected as a Roman God.

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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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Marble bust of Roman Emperor Hadrian, Location, London, England, Photographer - D. Jones

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