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The Sod-Busters pIctory selves Drowned in erotic ambiguity haunted by idyllic remembrances oflatonic love and superfluous infatuation Hadrian drops the mask of formidable Emperor and shows himself as a vulnerable man Royal Protector plagued by his remorse aggressiveride and reckless ambition who can t impede the upcoming dissolution of the world he has so meticulously constructed with obsessive discipline and bloodstained sacrifice Combining The Vampires Desire (Vampire, prodigious refinement with erudite depth Yourcenar masters the firsterson narrative and becomes a multifaceted ventrilouist that deconstructs the layers of Hadrian s overpowering Unlucky Charm (I Love Genie, personality while unfolding his intimateonderings about ageing and death friendship and true love art and The Seven Basic Plots philosophy justice and social order with academic rigorousness and aesthetic excellence creating a dramatic tension that reaches itseak through self absorbed observation rather than galloping actionAnd when the last line is avidly consumed and the confessor meets its nemesis no historical grandeur or remarkable feat will be imprinted on the reader s ephemeral memory The intoxicating scent of literary Undercover Virgin perfection is what will linger in anonymous nostrils the texture of velvety words is what will invade mental taste buds and a wave of disarming tenderness and stunned regret will choke the humbled witness of the remnants of two thousand years of magnificence folly and debatablerogress that meander the moors of remote lands that once yielded to one of the greatest men of ancient history Hadrian s Wall November 2014 This is a gorgeous book by Marguerite Yourcenar with the emperor writing to future emperor Environmental Dialogue Gdr philosopher Marcus Aurelius about his life and the burdens of leadership Its tone is aerfect balance of nostalgia regret and Trouble pride all mixed together A true masterpiece that took her ten years to write it is also very short and a magnificent read I found that it was very inspirational and was amazed in how thiseriod of Roman history comes alive under Yourcenar s able Hogan pen An incredible readIt is rather unfortunate that few currentolitical leaders give off such a breath of humanity and maturity Through the mists of time the clouds lift but only Wedding Daze partly always remain overcast they never give up their deep secrets and the myths will continue such is history such was the Roman Emperor Hadrian of the second century no Julius Caesar but who was Sill a very capable man born in Italica what is now Spain to a Roman family of landowners and Senators they had left Italy centuries before androspered His cousin Emperor Trajan many years his senior later adopts the young man sent to Rome for an education by his family at 12 with a trusted guardian the father had just expired at 40 The future ruler shows Gender and Multiculturalism promise studies hard and does well in the army he is fearless against the enemy maybe even reckless his men always cheer him as a civilian too a good magistrate in Rome though like many men of his age spends his money foolishly loving both men and women and goes into debt this annoys Trajan greatly The old soldier Emperor comfortable leading his conuering army thanlaying the olitician soldier Emperor comfortable leading his conuering army than laying the olitician the capital it would be the same for Hadrian A crisis appears the dying feeble ruler is in no hurry to officially name his successor maybe this will insure his demise too busy lanning and maybe this will insure his demise too busy Judgment Day (Time of Judgment Trilogy, planning and a war in faraway Mesopotamia and dreams of future conuests for his glory a bloody conflict that cannot be won The Empress Pompeia Plotina a close friend of Hadrian helps him to be declared Emperor at theassing of his cousin Not a lover of women he had a few that were instrumental in his rise to A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) power strangely Matilda his mother in law but not his second cousin Sabina his neglected wife she hated him but didn t cause any scandals to the grateful Hadrian And Hadrian wantseace his Empire needs it badly an inveterate reader lover of the Arts he fixes the economy reforms the law the army brings back wealth to its ignored citizens Yet he will leads the Romans in war as he does in Palestine suffering countless thousands of casualties against the Jewish uprising In Asia Minor what is now Turkey meeting a Greek boy Antinous in Claudiopolis the Roman rovince of Bithyniasent to Rome to receive schooling this attractive child grows up and becomes the love of а философа и покровителя искусств эпоху ставшую золотым веком в истории Римской империи Автор выдающаяся писательница Франции первая женщина член Академии великолепно

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I stepped on deck the sky still wholly dark was Truly The Iron Sky Of Homer S the iron sky of Homer s indifferent to man s woes and joys alikeBut the man looking at the limitless space above him was not indifferent He knew the woes of his eople and joys of his imperium sine fine He knew he was both human and supremely divine Hadrian the Good Hadrian the Almost sine fine He knew he was both human and supremely divine Hadrian the Good Hadrian the Almost I didn t know much about Hadrian Only his name along with some cursory details occupied a negligible space of my knowledge bank I didn t know Marguerite Yourcenar or Grace Frick either So to read about a Roman Emperor by way of fictional memoirs was an unlikely venture for me I was curious rather than interested as to what exactly this book has achieved which made several of my friends here to write some really exceptional aean in its honor And now here I am adding another voice in telling others that no matter how big or small your library is it is essentially incomplete without Memoirs of Hadrian The traces of a golden era which existed centuries ago can be found among the walls of royal alaces the colors of timeless aintings and the magnificence of stationary sculptures They not only tell about the artist s muse but the artist themselves But every so often a thick curtain of those very centuries comes in between the creator and the creation It is then that a need arises of transcending the margins of history books of crossing the vanished borders of being a different erson altogether The insight reuired in depicting a time eriod other than one is born into and the love reuired in capturing the beauty of an important individual one has never met becomes the steadfast foundation of an unparalleled wonder Marguerite Yourcenar has given us one such wonder which would stay by your side both in this lifetime and beyond When useless servitude has been alleviated as far as Mama Ds pasta pizza possible and unnecessary misfortune avoided there will still remain as a test of man s fortitude that long series of veritable ills death old age and incurable sickness love unreuited and friendship rejected or betrayed the mediocrity of a life less vast than ourrojects and duller than our dreams in short all the woes caused by the divine nature of things Being a dying The Expected One (Magdalene Line Trilogy, person and still feeling a sense of tremendous responsibility towards the mankind is a mark of a true leader Hadrian while on his death bed beueathed a smallackage of valuable reflections in the form of a lovely letter to young Marcus Aurelius but behind the salutation of Dear Mark one can imagine their own name being addressed These are the most beautiful and honest thoughts I have ever laid my eyes on This is how Yourcenar has given us a memorable trip to a glorious world which was and where Hadrian still is She hasn t Betty Fedora Issue One presented her hero in the shining bright light oferfection and righteousness Hadrian was fallible but he knew how to strike that difficult balance between the different Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work philosophies of life If his conuests had humility his losses containedrudent lessons If he had immense love for his empire he had deep respect for other cultures If he cultivated virtues of his men he mitigated his own vices too He was not God but he was Godlike With mesmerizing writing exuisite translation and the Jazz Ukulele portrait of a majestic ruler everything here is much than what their title suggest Hadrian was than an Emperor Marguerite was than a writer Grace was than a translator and this book it is much than a book Hospes Comesue Margerite Yourcenar s Hadrian is not only the Roman Emperor citizen of the world and deified ruler whose heart throbbed at the cadence of Greekoetry whose resilient Off 13 physiue conuered the barbarian borders of northern Britannia whose strategic mind enforced groundbreaking laws to regulate the use of slaves and toromote culture in the Pantheon whose modesty silenced insurgent voices and whose excesses intimidated allied ones I have come to think that great men are characterized by the extreme Amata Means Beloved position which they take and that heir heroism consists in holding to that extremity throughout their lives They are ouroles or our antipodes Underneath the imposing greatness of the historical figure that Yourcenar ens with unfaltering dexterity a moribund man exhales his last breath rostrated on his deathbed and confronts his contrad. Вымышленные записки воспоминания римского императора в поразительно точных и живых деталях воскрешают эпоху правления этого мудрого и просвещенного государя полководц. ,
Adrian s life Years later the returning handsome teenager travels with the Emperor they become constant companions but in Egypt on the Nile River a mystery happens the lifeless body of Antinous 19 is found an apparent drowning or murder suicide an accident We will never learn the truthFor the rest of his days the melancholic Emperor mourns numerous statues made a magnificent new city built Antinoopolis by the river near where he the boy died an ardent cult begins to worship him games layed for his memory deified also by Hadrian but he Antinous will still be gone forever An ailing Hadrian in his last few months sees that everything he has done will vanish as the desert sands shift so too does the hearts of men all is vanity A terrific historical novel one of the best if not the greatest ever written This book gives you an idea what the Roman Empire was like at its summit Well worth reading for those interested This book is the fruit of one of the most ambitious literary Gudrun projects I have ever seen At the age of twenty Marguerite Yourcenar conceived the idea of writing the life of the Emperor Hadrian She spent five years on the task then destroyed the manuscript and all her notes Over the next decade and a half she returned to the idea several times and each time admitted defeat Finally in her early 40s she arrived at a method she could believe in which she describes as half history half magic she spent several years systematically transforming herself into a vessel for the long dead Emperor s spirit She read every book still in existence that mentioned him or that he might have read She visited thelaces he had visited and touched the statues he had touched Every night she tried to imagine that she was Hadrian and spent hours writing minutely detailed accounts of what he might have seen and felt She was acutely aware of all the Mob Mistress pitfalls involved and used her considerable skills to efface herself from therocess she did not want to breathe on the mirror She compiled tens of thousands of ages of notes and rough drafts nearly all of which she burned The notes And Rough Drafts Nearly All Of Which She Burned The rough drafts nearly all of which she burned The the memoirs Hadrian might have composed on his deathbed but never did represents the distilled essence of this rocess and it is uniue in my experience The language is a beautiful and highly stylised French that feels very much like Latin the cadences are those of Latin and every word she uses is originally derived from Latin or Greek This effect must be hard to imitate in translation to a non Romance language The world view is throughout that of the second century AD The illusion that Hadrian is speaking to you directly is extraordinarily compelling Hadrian emerges as a great man With Trajan s conuest of Mesopotamia just before his accession to the throne the Empire had reached its Choosing to Survive peak indeed it was now clearly over extended and threatened with collapse Hadrian s difficult task was to stabilise it to the extentossible and maintain the increasingly uneasy Robin Hood peace and he succeeded well enough that it survived for several hundred years after his death He describes his work with measuredassion neither boasting of his successes nor despairing of his occasional dreadful failures the Second Jewish War occurred near the end of his reign resulting in the obliteration of Judea and the dispersal of the entire Jewish race He is candid about his Felipa private life and Yourcenar s description of his tragic liaison with Antino s isrobably the most impressive achievement of the book Hadrian who like most of his class was The Vavasour Macbeth promiscuously bisexual takes as his lover a fourteen year old boy The relationship like everything else in the book isresented entirely within the context of Hadrian s own culture and I was able to accept it as such It s extremely moving even if you are the absolute ruler of the known world you are as defenceless against love as everyone else When Antino s kills himself shortly before his twentieth birthday Hadrian realises too late that he is the love of his life His Stoic The Blueprint (English Edition) philosophy and his strong sense of duty keep him functioning but from then on he only longs to be releasedIt is fortunate that every now and then the world acuires for a brief moment a man like Hadrian or a woman like Yourcenar Read this book and you will feel inspired to be a bettererson. ?ладея историческим материалом и мастерски используя достоверные исторические детали рисует Адриана человеком живым удивительно близким и понятным нашему современнику. .
Mémoires d'Hadrien