Title: Memoirs of Hadrian
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Used - Very Good
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux January 1963
0374503486 / 9780374503482
Seller ID: 20091019163411
Bumped spine end, otherwise as new, very nice.
An Eighth Day View:
Written in the form of a testamentary letter from the Emperor Hadrian to his successor, the youthful Marcus Aurelius, this work is as extraordinary for its psychological depth as for its accurate reconstruction of the second century of our era. The author describes the book as a meditation upon history, but this meditation is built upon intensive study of the personal and political life of a great and complex character as seen by himself and his contemporaries, both friends and enemies. Marguerite Yourcenar reconstructs Hadrian's arduous early years, his triumphs and reversals, and his gradual reordering of a war-torn world.