In Roman history, few emperors were able to maintain stability and peace in their empire. Hadrian was the most successful emperor in his era. His own personal life was not so good. But he wisely ruled the Roman empire, and he consistently achieved accomplishments in his life. His power and stability were at a peak during the initial years of his leadership. Even he constructed a number of significant monuments in his reign such as the massive wall in Britain. You might have heard about this wall because of its popularity in Britain. In this article, we’ll discuss the most successful Roman emperor, Hadrian.
Hadrian Was An Adopted Child Who Later Became A Leader
Many individuals still don’t know that he belongs to the Nerva-Antonine dynasty. This dynasty comprises of five men who later become successful leaders. These five men were adopted who became emperors due to their courageous nature. According to historians, the dynasty consists of Hadrian, Nerva, Marcus Aurelius, Antoninus Pius, and Trajan. An Italian Diplomat, Niccolo Machiavelli named these five men the best emperors in history. As Hadrian and other members were successful, the Italian diplomat states that leadership doesn’t come by birth, hard work, and skills make you a successful emperor.
Hadrian’s Birthplace Is Still Unknown
You’ll be surprised to know that there is no evidence of Hadrian’s birthplace. Yes, even the historians and legends don’t know his actual birthplace. We all know that he was born on 15th January, 76 AD. But the birthplace of this emperor is still missing. There are various rumors which claim that his birthplace is a Roman province, Hispania Baetica. However, there is no significant evidence that claims that this rumor is actually true. In modern history, Hadrian’s birthplace is Andalusia, Spain. However, this destination is also the birthplace of Hadrian’s ancestor, Trajan.
The Biological Father Of Hadrian Died Too Early
You may have seen that the parents of many Roman emperors died too early. Hadrian’s parents also died too early, which was unexpected. Hadrian became an orphan when he was just ten. Later the Emperor, Trajan became the guardian of Hadrian and his sister. He turned 14 and Trajan welcomed him and his sister to Rome which Hadrian didn’t expect. Trajan wants that Hadrian and his sister receive a good education and they develop a bright future.
Traveling Was His Significant Hobby
According to Roman history, only a few emperors had a habit of traveling to different provinces. Hadrian was one of them who love to travel for his enjoyment. Apart from enjoyment, he also traveled to see whether the administration in different provinces is working perfectly. There were no aircraft and cars to travel, and he always used to travel to different places consistently. According to historians, he spent half of his leadership life outside of Italy.