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The Game Can Never Love You Back yI was beginning to find it natural if not just that we must perish Our literature is nearing exhaustion our arts are falling asleep Pancrates is not Homer nor is Arrian a Xenophon when I have tried to immortalize Antinous in stone no Praxiteles has come to hand Our sciences have been at a standstill from the times of Aristotle and Archimedes our technical development is inadeuate to the strain of a long war our technical development is inadeuate to the strain of a long war even our pleasure lovers grow weary of delight More civilized ways of living and liberal thinking in the course of the last century are the work of a very small minority of good minds the masses remain wholly ignorant fierce and cruel when they can be so and in any case limited and selfish it is safe to wager that they will never change HadrianHadrian ruled from 117 138 and was the 14th Emperor of the Roman Empire He was the third of five emperors that are referred to as the good emperors He had good men to follow and also provided a good example of leadership to those that followed in his footsteps He was the adopted son of Trajan Roman Emperors seemed to routinely struggle to produce offspring and the first controversy of his ascension to power was that Trajan had never officially named him as his successor but on a deathbed edict signed by Plotina the wife of Trajan not by the Emperor Hadrian was named to succeed He was uniuely ualified to lead Rome As a soldier he was able to view the empire from a different perspective than any of the leadership in Rome He fought courageously but was discomforted from all the killing that was necessary to put down rebellions or conuer new territory To Hadrian the warriors women and children they were killing were people that could have made good Roman citizens This experience convinced him to change the policies of his predecessors As Emperor he stopped the expansion of the empire and spent his time shoring up the relationship of Rome with the people of all the nations that composed the Roman Empire He wanted everyone to have skin in the game I was determined that even the most wretched from the slaves who clean the city sewers to the famished barbarians who hover along the frontiers should have an interest in seeing Rome endure PantheonHe rebuilt the Pantheon I myself had revised its architectural plans drawn with too little daring by Apollodorus utilizing the arts of Greece only as ornamentation like an added luxury I had gone back for the basic form of the structure to the primitive fabled times of Rome and to the round temples of ancient Etruria Hadrian was enad with Greece and brought their philosophies and focus on art back to prominence in Roman thought He built cities repaired sculptures and ancie This is a gorgeous book by Marguerite Yourcenar with the emperor writing to future emperor philosopher Marcus Aurelius about his life and the burdens of leadership Its tone is a perfect balance of nostalgia regret and pride all mixed together A true masterpiece that took her tenears to write it is also very short and a magnificent read I found that it was very inspirational and was amazed in how this period of Roman history comes alive under Yourcenar s able pen An incredible readIt is rather unfortunate that few current political leaders give off such a breath of humanity and maturity But books lie even those that are most sincere The less adroit for lack of words and phrases wherein they can enclose life retain of it but a flat and feeble likeness Some like Lucan make it heavy and encumber it with a solemnity which it does not possess others on the contrary like Petronius make life lighter than it is like a hollow bouncing ball easy to toss to and fro in a universe without weight The poets transport us into a world which is vaster and beautiful than our own with ardor and sweetness different therefore and in practice almost uninhabitable The philosophers in order to study reality pure subject it to about the same transformations as fire or pestle make substance undergo nothing that we have known of a person or of a fact seems to subsist in those ashes or those crystals to which they are reduced Historians propose to us systems too perfect for explaining the past with seuence of cause and effect much too exact and clear to have been ever entirely true they rearrange what is dead unresisting material and I know that even Plutarch will never recapture Alexander The story tellers and spinners of erotic tales are hardly than butchers who hang up for sale morsels of meat attractive to flies I should take little comfort in a world without books but reality is not to be found in them because it is not there wholeReality may not be found in books but truth can exist there in some booksMarguerite Yourcenar imagines the life and perspective of the roman emperor Hadrian utilizing literally a lifetime of research on her topic Insofar as the specific activities and people in Hadrian s life are recounted when the evidence is not there to back up her narrative she wings it but in such an elegant way that her own suppositions blend seamlessly with that research and happily she notes each of her additions in her afterward Seamless is a pretty good word to use when describing the entire enterprise Nothing jars It is all of a piece A brilliant book and a thing of beautyThe seamlessness of its story is also rather besides the point The author is doing so much than reimagining certain incidents she is imagining a whole person Memoirs of Hadrian is a reconstruction and an ode a love poem to a man long dead and is a reconstruction and an ode a love poem to a man long dead and an ode a love poem to a man long dead and to understanding that man Hadrian is not the main character in the book he is the book itselfAnd so it reads like an actual memoir and I m not sure that that This book is the fruit of one of the most ambitious literary 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 ears 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 could believe in which she describes half history half magic she spent several ears 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 the places 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 pitfalls involved and used her considerable skills to efface herself from the process she did not want to breathe on the mirror She compiled tens of thousands of pages of notes and rough drafts nearly all of which she burned The final result the memoirs Hadrian might have composed on his deathbed but never did represents the distilled essence of this process 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 ou 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 peak indeed it was now clearly over extended and threatened with collapse Hadrian s difficult task was to stabilise it to the extent possible and maintain the increasingly uneasy peace and he succeeded well enough that it survived for several hundred ears after his death He describes his work with measured passion 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 private life and Yourcenar s description of his tragic liaison with Antino s is probably the most impressive achievement of the book Hadrian who like most of his class was promiscuously bisexual takes as his lover a fourteen ear old boy The relationship like everything else in the book is presented entirely within the context of Hadrian s own culture and I was able to accept it as such It s extremely moving even if ou are the absolute ruler of the known world ou 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 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 ou will feel inspired to be a better person In the notes at the back of this book Marguerite Yourcenar tells us that in 1941 she stumbled upon some Piranesi engravings in a shop in New York One of them was a view of the interior of Hadrian s Villa as it might have looked in the 1740s I say might have because the famous Piranesi had a talent for adding interesting layers to his engravings of the monuments of Rome What his contemporaries viewed as simply ruins took on new life in his rendering imbued with the phantasms of his peculiar imagination Yourcenar who had been researching Hadrian s life for many شرح جنون تفسير موضوعي ديوان حافظ years interprets Piranesi s version of Hadrian s Villa as the inside of a human skull upon which strands of vegetation hang like human hair She recognizes Piranesi s genius in conveying an hallucinatory echo of the tragic interior world of the Villa s former owner the Emperor Hadrian and she praises Piranesi s medium like gifts his ability to be an extraordinary intermediary between the Villa and the Emperor When I had digested her words it occurred to me that this is exactly how I d describe her own achievement in this book Hers too are medium like gifts she is an extraordinary intermediary between Hadrian and the reader We are inside his head uite an hallucinatory experienceAnd there s a further parallel between the Piranesi engraving and Yourcenar s book Piranesi chose to represent the part of the villa known as the Temple of Canope which Hadrian had created as a space to commemorate Antinous the dead Greekouth he idolized The statue of Antinous which Hadrian had placed in the centre of that space was no longer there in Piranesi s time but it is interesting that among the many possible views of Hadrian s Villa which Piranesi could have selected he chose the exact site of the missing statue Antinous dominates Piranesi s work by his absence just as Вымышленные записки воспоминания римского императора в поразительно точных и живых деталях воскрешают эпоху правления этого мудрого и просвещенного государя полководц. .



Mémoires d'HadrienE dominated Hadrian s life by his absence and Yourcenar s book in turnIt seemed fitting to seek out the missing statue though it s not been an easy task We know it was a Bacchus but among the many statues of Antinous that exist several depict him as Bacchus The large marble known as the Braschi Antinous now in the Vatican Museums corresponds best perhaps to Yourcenar s description of the statue that she believes once stood in Hadrian s Temple of Canope view spoiler hide spoiler Margerite Yourcenar s Hadrian is not only the Roman Emperor citizen of the world and deified ruler whose heart throbbed at the cadence of Greek poetry whose resilient physiue conuered the barbarian borders of northern Britannia whose strategic mind enforced groundbreaking laws to regulate the use of slaves and to promote 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 position which they take and that heir heroism consists in holding to that extremity throughout their lives They are our poles or our antipodes Underneath the imposing greatness of the historical figure that Yourcenar pens with unfaltering dexterity a moribund man exhales his last breath prostrated on his deathbed and confronts his contradictory selves Drowned in erotic ambiguity haunted by idyllic remembrances of platonic love and superfluous infatuation Hadrian drops the mask of formidable Emperor and shows himself as a vulnerable man plagued by his remorse aggressive pride 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 prodigious refinement with erudite depth Yourcenar masters the first person narrative and becomes a multifaceted ventrilouist that deconstructs the layers of Hadrian s overpowering personality while unfolding his intimate ponderings about ageing and death friendship and true love art and philosophy justice and social order with academic rigorousness and aesthetic excellence creating a dramatic tension that reaches its peak 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 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 Language and Linguistic Diversity in the Us years of magnificence folly and debatable progress that meander the moors of remote lands that onceielded to one of the greatest men of ancient history Hadrian s Wall November 2014 There is a word that keeps popping up in my reading I d go so far as to say that this word is the underlying descriptor for the majority of my favorite books in some way The thing is that I can t tell Die Bischöfin von Rom you exactly what that word is nor what it means In Turkish the word is h z n In Korean it is maybe something close to han in French perhaps ennui though I am far from satisfied with that and in Japanese mono no aware None of these words mean uite the same thing none has the same connotations or the same cultural usage really but nonetheless they all get at something something they all peek and pry at from different angles but do not capture entirely For me the meaning of all these words is most exuisitely expressed in a Latin phrase Lacrimae rerum It is found in the Aeneid and my favorite translation of it whiches of course means I will ignore all others is tears of things It is said by Aeneas as he gazes at a mural of the Trojan War overcome with anger and sadness going to a place beyond either of these emotions to the tears of thingsThis word whatever its meaning does not exist in English It needs several words to describe what it means in this language and I think that some words need to be repeated and said in the right way to convey it in the same way But it still wouldn t work It certainly wouldn t work in America America is the anti this word America is founded on the promise that everyone should be free to not know what this word means and over that its residents should make it a point to laugh at it when they see it This word is silly eye roll inducing a stage It is helpful that in the United States imitations and shadows of it are mostly laughable the United States imitations and shadows of it are mostly laughable of as a way to sell black lipstick to 16 ear old goth girls or let floppy haired boys think they are James Dean for owning a leather jacket It doesn t really have anything to do with that though I said I was surprised that Memoirs of Hadrian isn t considered a part of the canon here I m not really How could it be The closest we get to this book is Gatsby and Jay Gatsby s nouveau riche problems are mostly beside the point Our coming of age novel is Catcher in the Rye One of the French ones has a title that translates as The Lost Estate I think the title says enoughThis is not a historical version of The Unbearable Lightness of Being that I m pitching here But it does have something to do with time time and the weight of it It has something to do with the last time I was in Italy I wandered off the standard routes into the side streets and came on an idle construction site a building with its foundations dug out standing on stilts shining and new but idle the sign said since the previous March This was because someone had found the remains of pottery art and other foundations from the Roman Empire The national authorities were so backed up with other discoveries of this kind around the country that they hadn t gotten around to clearing it out nearly a ear and a half later and this was a site near the center of Rome It isn t about the fact that it happened only though Memoirs of Hadrian is a meditation on finding a pile of pottery shards and deciding what to do with them Your decision depends very much on what ou see in them or really precisely who ou see in them What tale takes shape in Declaration of Purposes of the Patrons of Husbandry your brain what is relevant to be put down on paper ifou think there s anything genuine to be found or what genuine means to Die Reisenden you and most of all if perhapsou d just as well better get on with building Undercover Pregnancy your office park which is after all supported by some stilts right now and won t and shouldn t wait forever Yourcenar changed her mind about her particular pile of pottery shards many times She changed her mind so hard the first time she burned the remains Then she did it again fiveears later But she retained one sentence from her 1934 bonfire I begin to discern the profile of my death With that sentence she had like a painter who moves his easel from left to right found the proper viewpoint for the book But pottery shards look different in the light of Europe 1939 They look even strange in 1942 in a Yale library next to newspapers whose headlines speak of many many office parks that need to be rebuilt and some that never will be until one thinks of the shards with something like shame for having ever ventured upon such an undertaking But then a trunk arrives from Switzerland in 1948 It bears letters from old friends many of whom are now dead and one letter to someone who has been dead much longer Dear Mark it begins Something else escaped Europe s bonfires something she hadn t remembered she d created at all the beginning of another letter from an imagined Hadrian to his oung heir Marcus Aurelius Somehow it survived And then thought of something else to do with her pottery shards perhaps it of something else to do with her pottery perhaps it time to begin putting them back together Or better it was time to tell the oung heirs how to put them back togetherBut how do Hummer you do that How doou pick up the pieces and go on when With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) you can t even honestly sayou know where they should rightfully go You may have lived than thirty ears trying to figure it out immersing ourself in the craft of it until The Alcohol Experiment you could do it blind butou re just guessing in the end Aren t Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah you painting it just a little bit shinier than it was before Doesn t everything fit together better than it should What shouldou do with this notation from a critic that says there was a crack in it from the very first time he saw it Do Spiritual Warfare for Every Christian you restore the cracks Or doou have a responsibility to put the best face ou can on it to present it as the maker would have ideally wanted it to be seen Don t the ideas matter than the reality Whatever the answers to these things ou have to start with the hardest task looking the remains in the face Sheltering the flame of my lamp with my hand I would lightly touch that breast of stone Such encounters served to complicate memory s task I had to put aside like a curtain the pallor of the marble to go back in so far as possible from those motionless contours to the living form Again I would resume my round the statue once interrogated would relapse into darkness a few steps away my lamp would reveal another image these great white figures differed little from ghosts I reflected bitterly upon those magic passes whereby the Egyptian priests had drawn the soul of the dead Demonica youth into the wooden effigies I had done like them I had cast a spell over stones which in their turn had spellbound me Who is the story ofour life for Why are Buckley and Wilberta you creating this memory for someone Why should one pottery shard rule someone s life for however long Is it only a decoration for an already grand tomb Or perhaps is it one way to makeour peace with our own point of view before it too is thrown on the bonfire Hadrian is at delving into his memory as deeply as he can and fighting it at the same time He just wants to leave advice for an heir and it is advice that is needed than ever It is after all being left for a oung man who is at the most an afterthought a lucky find after a series of disasters wherein the chosen heirs proved monstrously unworthy or have already died uselessly and horribly from an excess of virtue He is simply the one left standing in the ashes while an old man is staring his death throes in the face and like all his predecessors finding it difficult to let go So what do The Franciscan Book Of Saints you do to tell him all he should know Someone not ofour blood who Sperm Gone Wild you haven t had the education of not really Whatou can do You tell him what happened to Live and Online! you as fairly asou can with whatever inner battles All Clear you need to fight laid open You tell him a story You tell him a story with as much asou can bear to tell left in and let it go on and on and on Make sure he feels the To Be Continued years asou build one temple after another and fall in love and out again win one city and watch another fall Make sure he hears about Chinas History (Sinopedia Series) your errorsour flaws Especially make sure to destroy the biggest positive myth about Spaces of Modernity you he must know the way it is lest he look to myths for support whenou are gone and find nothing but air You may have constructe. а философа и покровителя искусств эпоху ставшую золотым веком в истории Римской империи Автор выдающаяся писательница Франции первая женщина член Академии великолепно .
D gods but he will need to support them and say why they are there in order for them to live on You should temper the worst tales about Like the Roman you but not too much it is better if find out for himself thatou ve no need to protest Escape from Hong Kong your innocence He must feelour despair The Sage in Harlem your Spenglerian conviction that the Faustian wintertime has come that there is nothing to be done I was beginning to find it natural if not just that we should perish Our literature is nearing exhaustion our arts are falling asleep Pancrates is not Homer nor is Arrian a Xenophon when I have tried to immortalize Antonious in stone no Praxiteles has come to hand Our sciences have been at a standstill our technical development is inadeuateeven our pleasure seekers grow weary of delight the masses remain wholly ignorant fierce and cruel when they can be so and in any case limited and selfish He ll read these words words from the mouth of a generation so far removed from his own brought up with such wildly different expectations and knowledge about the world irrevocably shattered by events that they could not conceive of It could almost makeou laugh with relief to read this and then think of Michelangelo s angels screaming out of the marble Then almost unnecessarily The Remarkables you can tell him that Life is atrocious we know But precisely because I expect little of the human condition man s periods of felicity his partial progress his efforts to begin over again and to continue all seem to me like so many prodigies which nearly compensate for the monstrous mass of ills and defeats of indifference and error Catastrophe and ruin will come disorder will triumph but order will too from time to time Peace will again establish itself between two periods of war the words humanity liberty and justice will here and there regain the meaning which we have tried to give them Not all our books will perish nor our statues if broken lie unrepaired other domes and other pediments will arise from our domes and pediments some few men will think and work and feel as we have done and I venture to count upon such continuations placed irregularly throughout the centuries and upon this kind of intermittent immortality That is howou make a memory without burden to reconcile Catcher and The Lost Estate after all If The Lost Queen (The Faerie Path, you cannot do it someone else will To paraphrase Stoppard we die on the march but nothing is outside of it and nothing can be lost to it If a sixteenear old math prodigy does not make calculus known to the world another man not long later will do it The weight of these statues these ghosts is not Als het zaterdag wordt (Frieda Klein, your obligation They are there for those who need to look at them and find themselves in their shadows and that is all Time can continue to pile down minute by minute butou are not its prisoner Merely a welcome guest who may stay as long as Goodbye, Sweetwater you like Ifou do not choose to walk in Time s garden السودان المأزق التاريخي و آفاق المستقبل - المجلد الثاني your loss will not bring haunting down uponou in another New world there will be enough who choose to stay Those who do stay will not be unmarked by it and those who leave will be the same with their choice we can but choose and choose and choose again We are what we consistently do What Time throws up for notice enough times to be rememberedThere is an epilogue though Of course there is Telling him the essential information to get through the day isn t enough Not even telling him a story and setting him free No he needs to know why The Rarest Rose you got up every morning he needs to know about the lacunae between the temple building and warring in the desert He has to know why he should listen toou Digressions pauses and footnotes make the man and the boy Trylon and Perisphere you are reading to knows that better than anyone or he will by the time he finishes this So tell him about how heaven is the constellations in the Syrian night about the wind whispering out of the sands of Judea about the memory of an old man in a garden in Spain He needs to know about womenou cherished and men Weihnachten im Herzen you hated But most of all most of all he needs to know about the manou loved how ou loved him and for how long how ou thought of him and as death came close How Love seemed to be the way our story would end But it wasn t We end with only ourselves History is in the last line of this book what Hadrian dies with is why History exists and should exist and we should all remember and es beat on boats against the current borne ceaselessly back into the past through the mists back into the past Through the mists time the clouds lift but only partly always remain overcast they never give up their deep secrets and the m This ought not to work on a number of levels and ought not to be as good as it is A historical novel about the Romans there is so much temptation to go into Life of Brian mode at this point indeed about one of their emperors Hadrian dominated Marguerite Yourcenar s life for many Imzadi Forever (Star Trek) years with rewrites abandonments acres of notes and thoughts and an immense amount of research including travel to places Hadrian had been The novel is in the form of a letter from Hadrian to his adopted grandson Marcus Aurelius It is in the first person Hadrian is in his final illness and is looking back over his life Ifou are looking for snappy dialogue then this is not the book for Corrupção Nas Galáxias you nor is there any action It is a series of musings reflections philosophizing and making comment as Hadrian works through his life The novel is essentially interior and Yourcenar does say why she selected this particular interior to focus on It stems from a uote she found by Flaubert Just when the gods had ceased to be and the Christ had notet come there was a uniue moment in history between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius when man stood alone This seems to have been the attraction of Hadrian The novel was published in 1951 and there may also be some connection between the post Second World War situation and Hadrian s timeHadrian s some connection between the post Second World War situation and Hadrian s timeHadrian s are wide ranging and cover love especially Antinous his teenage lover administration managing and empire war religion philosophy especially Greek food marriage pastimes hunting et al politics friends and enemies travel and much Hadrian is a great liker of things and generally uite positive not afraid to compromise to get things done Yourcenar puts into Hadrian s mouth all sorts of aphorisms and wise words For example Men adore and venerate me far too much to love meMeditation upon death does not teach one how to die Our great mistake is to try to exact from each person virtues which he does not possess and to neglect the cultivation of those which he has I am not sure that the discovery of love is necessarily exuisite than the discovery of poetry The techniue of a great seducer reuires a facility and an indifference in passing from one object of affection to another which I could never have however that may be my loves have left me often than I have left them for I have never been able to understand how one could have enough of any beloved The desire to count up exactly the riches which each new love brings us and to see it change and perhaps watch it grow old accords ill with multiplicity of conuests There are dozens like that usually making the book a joy to read occasionally irritating or provoking You can tell this novel has really been polished and honed worked on over and over again This is so good a novel that it is easy to forget this isn t real history Mary Beard s Guardian article explodes some of those myths is fiction but its great stuff and a great novel I am also interested in reading by Yourcenar her life was also very interesting I stepped on deck the sky still wholly dark was truly the iron sky of Homer s poems 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 people and joys of his imperium sine fine He knew he was both human and supremely divine Hadrian the Good Hadrian the Almost Wise 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 paean in its honor And now here I am adding another voice in telling others that no matter how big or small our 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 palaces the colors of timeless paintings 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 person altogether The insight reuired in depicting a time period 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 our side both in this lifetime and beyond When useless your side both in this lifetime and beyond When useless has been alleviated as far as 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 our projects and duller than our dreams in short all the woes caused by the divine nature of things Being a dying 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 small package of valuable reflections in the form of a lovely letter to Tanya and the Border Guard 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 presented her hero in the shining bright light of perfection and righteousness Hadrian was fallible but he knew how to strike that difficult balance between the different philosophies of life If his conuests had humility his losses contained prudent 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 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. ?ладея историческим материалом и мастерски используя достоверные исторические детали рисует Адриана человеком живым удивительно близким и понятным нашему современнику.