Memoirs of Hadrian : And Reflections on the Composition of Memoirs of Hadrian Paperback
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
In her magnificent novel, Marguerite Yourcenor 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 future 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/12/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141184968
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Review by Welshwoman
Yourcenar's masterpiece. This is the second edition of the book in my library as the first fell to pieces after so many readings.