Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

"Memoirs of Hadrian" is a historical novel that presents a fictional autobiography of the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned from 117 to 138 AD. Narrated in the first person, the novel explores Hadrian's ascension to the throne, his administration, his love for the young Antinous, and his philosophical reflections on life and death. The narrative is framed as a letter to his successor, Marcus Aurelius, offering insights into the complexities of power, the nature of leadership, and the human condition.

The 310th greatest book of all time


Published
1951
Nationality
French
Type
Fiction
Pages
300-400
Words
72,000
Original Language
French

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