Tuesday, December 26, 2023

I'm Hooked

Publius Aelius Hadrianus - Hadrian - was a man well qualified to distinguish between civilization and barbarism. He had studied with philosophers and ridden to war against headhunters; lived both in Athens and on an island in the Danube. Prior to his arrival in Britain he had been on a tour of military bases along the Rhine, and given orders for a great palisade to be built beyond the river's eastern bank. Now, standing beside the grey waters of the Tyne, Hadrian had plans for an even more formidable marvel of engineering.  

- From Pax: War and Peace in Rome's Golden Age by Tom Holland


chris said...

Book is on my list. Are you liking it?

Michael Wade said...