Emperor Hadrian belongs in the Hall of Fame because of his focus on keeping the empire safe and secure, as well as encouraging solidarity among his people. By focusing on bringing the empire together and its safety, Hadrian emphasized the importance of a lasting Roman legacy. Hadrian’s reign, characterized by peace, marked a strong, stable, and flourishing time for Rome. For empires and countries to carry on with success, it is necessary for the leaders to focus on building them from the inside, and not just on military campaigns. Hadrian’s emphasis on strengthening the security of Rome and bringing together the people helped to usher in another Golden Age and set a precedent for all future emperors.
A monument for Hadrian, showing the emperor being greeted by a goddess, members of the Senate, and the Roman people.
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"Busts of Hadrian and his predecessor, Trajan." https://www.flickr.com/photos/carolemage/9468092982/
"A statue of Hadrian." https://followinghadrian.com/portraits-of-hadrian/#jp-carousel-2792
"The territories added to the Roman Empire by the time Hadrian became emperor, which had been proven too difficult to control." http://www.odysseyadventures.ca/articles/hadrian-wall/01map-empire.jpg
"The Pantheon was built and designed by Hadrian from 118-125 AD." http://antinousgaygod.blogspot.com/2016/04/hadrians-pantheon-becomes-sundial-for.html
"The wall built and designed by Hadrian in England, which still stands today." http://hadrianswallcountry.co.uk/hadrians-wall
"A monument for Hadrian, showing the emperor being greeted by a goddess, members of the Senate, and the Roman people." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadrian#/media/File:0_Monument_honoraire_d’Hadrien_-_L%27empereur_accueilli_par_la_déesse_Rome_(2).JPG